Expert Witness Services for slip & fall accidents
Expert witness services are provided by our specialist Ben Powers to support lawyers dealing with pedestrian fall personal injury claims or anti-slip flooring disputes. At all stages Ben aims to provide clear and concise information to instructing parties, interpreting data generated through industry best practice methods to provide evidence upon which the court can rely.
Pendulum slip testing is widely recognised as the only on-site slip testing method suitable for legal proceedings, being the preferred method of the HSE and UK Slip Resistance Group. The Pendulum test forms the basis of his on-site investigations, supported with further measurements and observations of the wider environment as necessary, to determine whether a material surface is 'safe' or 'slippery'. He has over 15 years of experience conducting such investigations with around 10,000 Pendulum tests completed during that time.
In excess of 75 expert reports have been produced by Ben to date and he has given evidence orally in the High Court. He is a practising member of the Academy of Experts so of course his expert witness reports (based on The Judicial Committee model expert report) comply with the Civil Procedure Rules.
Service at a glance: Slip accident investigation
- Qualified expert with extensive experience in the field
- Regular involvement in slip injury cases both in English and Scots law
- Experience giving evidence orally
- UK HSE preferred BS 7976-2 'Pendulum' slip testing with appropriate calibration, verification and standard materials data
- Consideration of all factors affecting slip risk
- Expert guidance on the interpretation of slip test data, standards, anti-slip performance and industry best practice
- Consideration of CCTV, cleaning regimes, witness statements, product specifications, test certificates, opposing expert findings and personally generated site data
- Determination of a safe or slippery surface
- Comprehensive and clear CPR compliant report
- Flexible site visit schedules across the UK and beyond
- Consultancy up to and including trial as required
- Fair and flexible payment terms with itemised invoicing
Brief synopsis of notable case history
Dispute over flooring in wet leisure environment - 2015
Ben attended site several times to provide expert measurement of slip resistance at a privately owned, council run pool complex. In addition to numerous site visits he met regularly with legal teams, joint and opposing experts, and provided numerous reports. The case was heard at the High Court where he attended for a week and gave evidence orally. Despite it being earlier in Ben's career, the judge held Ben's evidence equally against the opposing expert who was considerably more experienced with an impressive CV.
Slip accident involving a certified product - 2015
A slip occurred on a product certified by Ben as a ‘low risk of slip’ whilst in situ in Australia. He was initially asked to present an expert’s report on the material ramp. He was called to give evidence on the matter in court (via a video link), however the matter was settled immediately prior to the case commencing. The client, bound by a confidentiality clause, could only describe the result as “favourable”.
Slip accident on contaminated concrete slab on construction site - 2018
Having previously attended site immediately after a nasty accident to conduct testing on the slab, Ben was later employed in an expert witness role to counter the opposing expert’s interpretation of the situation. The other side relied on assertions that the surface was smooth, and that the surface was slippery when wet. Ben's report showed that the surface was not smooth and that the surface was not slippery when wet. He was called to give evidence in court, and the matter was settled (favorably) a few days before the listing.
Slip accident on composite decking at a major holiday park - 2022
Following a slipping injury Ben was asked to provide expert witness services for the Claimant. Whilst the slip was not disputed, there were arguments in the case around the application of testing, interpretation of results, and effects of cleaning/wear on a certified surface. Despite the opposing side fielding an experienced and respected forensic engineer the Judge preferred Ben's evidence and found in the Claimant's favour.
Severe head injury following a slip in a department store - 2023
A slip occurred in the staff area of a department store and Ben was asked to provide an expert desktop report on liability after considering evidence such as CCTV, witness statements, accident reports, cleaning regimes, signage, test data from several sources, anti-slip treatments and weather reports. The matter was settled before reaching court, in the favour of Ben's instructing solicitors.
This is a brief overview of some cases of note. In addition to the above Ben has also provided expert reports for more than 75 cases. This does not include a similar number of occasions where he has produced CPR-compliant slip accident reports for responsible parties in anticipation of a court case arising. He has conducted still more individual slip risk assessments for insurers or health and safety officers investigating slip accidents at the time of the fall and long before any legal action. Whilst a key strength of Ben's expert offering is that it is not his main focus of work, he is involved in slip injury cases on a near-monthly basis.