Expert witness

Peter Norris has been retained for the preparation of expert evidence and opinion in connection with Building Regulation related matters and for personal injuries occurring within the built environment.  This has involved a number of significant investigations relating to personal injuries resulting from falls from mezzanine floors, scaffolding, windows, staircases and balconies, and injuries from glazing, woodworking machinery and powered hand tools.

Peter's Local Authority experience in inspecting premises involving Public Entertainment Licenses has proved invaluable for investigations involving personal injuries occurring in related premises.  He has acted as expert on behalf of Local Authorities for proceedings involving its Building Control Department.

Oculus offer extensive experience in the preparation of expert evidence and opinion

Expert Witness Case Studies

  • Child fall from window in high rise block of flats (Defence Expert)
  • Investigation into the window within a 1960s block of flats and related safety measures.
  • Child fall from window in low rise block of flats (Defence Expert)
  • Investigation into the window within a 1980s block of flats and related safety measures.
  • Fall from a mezzanine floor in a warehouse (Defence Expert)
  • Investigation into the guarding arrangements of a mezzanine floor adjacent to a lift shaft.
  • Child fall on staircase in holiday home (Claimant Expert)
  • Investigation into the layout and arrangements of the staircase.
  • Fall from staircase in a night club (Defence Expert)
  • Investigation into the safety components relating to the guarding of the flight and related risk assessments.
  • Child access and fall from scaffold (Defence Expert)
  • Investigation into measures taken for protection for accessing the scaffold, protection on the scaffold structure and liaison between contract, client and tenants.
  • Construction operative fall from scaffold (Defence Expert)
  • Investigation into the compliance of the safety features of the scaffolding.
  • Construction operative fall from building under construction (Defence Expert)
  • Investigation into the adequacy of the guarding from falling from openings in a building under construction.
  • Fall on trip hazard in a holiday resort (Claimant Expert)
  • Investigation into the safety features relating to a leisure activity.
  • Injury from glazed door in social housing (Claimant Expert)
  • Investigation into the risk assessment carried out and adequacy of glazing in a residential rented dwelling.
  • Injury from using power tool (Defence Expert)
  • Investigation into an injury with a power tool and related health and safety procedures and policies.
  • Injury from using woodworking machinery (Defence Expert)
  • Investigation into the training and operation of a woodworking machine and the injury from the techniques being adopted.
  • Building Regulations compliance (Defence Expert)
  • Investigation into enforcement action taken by a Local Authority.
  • Building Regulations non-compliance (Claimant Expert)
  • Investigation into enforcement action taken by a Local Authority.
  • Building Regulations non-compliance (Defence Expert)
  • Investigation into an action against a Building Control Body.

Steve Burridge has been retained for the preparation of expert evidence, opinion and interpretation in connection with Part L of the Building Regulations.  This has included investigation and assessment of compliance of existing building services using his experience and in depth knowledge of Part L and associated legislation and documents.

Oculus provide specialist assistance to Experts where building regulation compliance is involved. An Advice Note is produced to assist the Expert and the Court.

Oculus undertake surveys for non-compliance.  Generally instructed by solicitors, properties where work has been carried out without the benefit of building regulations approval are inspected and a report produced with recommendations.