Hawkins 2021 Webinar Series: The Leeds Office

Our colleagues in the Leeds Office have created a series of webinars on how Hawkins investigates topics from fire safety to fibre analysis, water woes to helmet usage, personal injuries to power grids, and many things in between!

All talks take place on either Mondays and Thursday at 9:00 AM UK Time.

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If the date has passed and there is a recording available, the title below will take you straight to this instead. Please feel free to register for as many topics as you like. We hope to see you there.

➡️ GET A GRIP: THE INVESTIGATION OF SLIPS & FALLS

Presented by Dr Paul Lemon on 27th September 2021

Pedestrian falls are the single most common cause of major injuries in the workplace, and are a leading cause of injuries across a wide range of non-workplace environments.  As a result, claims are very common, and many are considerable, given the severity of the injuries that can result.  This session will look at the methods that should be used to investigate slipping incidents, and will consider the many pitfalls that can lead to incomplete or inaccurate slipping incident investigations. 

➡️ FIRE SCENE VISUALISATION: DIGITAL RECREATION OF FIRE SCENES

Presented by Dr Iain Woodward on 30th September 2021

A picture paints a thousand words.  Digital recreation of fire and accident scenes is a powerful tool to augment investigations and can be of real benefit particularly on complex cases and scenes with extensive damage. 

The webinar will give a quick introduction to the use of 3d modelling tools to recreate accident scenes. The presentation will be based on examples to illustrate how computer models, and animations can be used both to present information but also to help to interpret information, for example from witnesses, photographs or from CCTV.

➡️ WATER WOES: COPPER CORROSION, DODGY DRAINS & PROBLEMS WITH PLASTIC

Presented by Stephen Brough on 4th October 2021

An introduction into the issues encountered within the plumbing trade, including common failures and best practice.

➡️ RECENT CHANGES IN FIRE SAFETY

Presented by James Clarke on 7th October 2021

James will look at providing an introduction and summary of the recent changes in legislation and fire safety guidance following the events at Grenfell Tower and Dame Judith Hackitt’s review of the Building Regulations. The webinar should be of interest to those in the built environment, those looking to expand their knowledge on the recent events and our clients who could be involved in losses which could be affected by fire engineering design defects and management issues.

➡️ A THREAD OF EVIDENCE: FIBRE ANALYSIS IN FORENSIC INVESTIGATION

Presented by Dr Will Hutchinson on 11th October 2021

Just as DNA forms the building blocks of our biological identity, fibres form the building blocks of the textiles and clothing items around us.  Each individual fibre can provide highly discriminating information based on the fibre type, colour and dye composition.  This session will provide a short introduction into how fibre evidence is used within Hawkins to provide assistance to insurance claims and police prosecutions

➡️ THE DAY THE GRID STOOD STILL

Presented by Ben Lister on 14th October 2021

A case study of the near-collapse of the National Grid on 9 August 2019, and its implications for generators, customers and beyond.

➡️ HEAD TRAUMA & THE HELMET: KEEPING YOUR HEAD WHEN ALL ABOUT YOU ARE LOSING THEIRS

Presented by Dr John Camplin on 18th October 2021

Helmets are among the oldest forms of personal protective equipment. Examples have been recorded from as far back as the 23rd century BC. However, whilst the original demand for head protection emerged in response to military warfare, the modern helmet has been designed to deal with the broader set of conditions found in areas such as high energy sports, transport and construction. Helmets of one type or another are now found in all areas of risky activity. The sky is (literally) the limit.

This webinar will explore the modern helmet types, the requirement for their use in law, their performance and the benefits of their use in relation to traumatic head injuries sustained in road traffic collisions and industrial accidents.

➡️ FIRE SIMULATION MODELLING USING COMPUTATIONAL FLUID DYNAMICS

Presented by Dr Iain Woodward on 21st October 2021

As software and computing resources improve, CFD is an increasingly useful tool in considering aspects of smoke and fire spread.  Simulations are perhaps most helpful when trying to address questions of how the damage might have been different for alternative scenarios, e.g. if policy conditions were not followed, how much difference would it have made if the requirements been met?

➡️ AN INTRODUCTION TO THE COMMON CAUSES OF DOMESTIC FIRES

Presented by Dr Ian Tatner on 25th October 2021

This webinar will discuss some of the causes of domestic fires that Hawkins regularly sees, including white goods, as well as cover some of the challenges involved in these investigations.

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