Grant regularly helps clients in the aftermath of emergencies and accidents. This includes on site support as incidents develop, participating in internal investigations, and liaising with regulators (including Worksafe New Zealand, the Police, the Civil Aviation Authority, Maritime New Zealand and the Energy Service). Grant also advises on leadership and culture issues, and on ensuring health and safety systems and processes meet best practice.
McConnell Dowell Constructors Limited
Grant advised McConnell Dowell, a contractor at the Pike River Coal Mine, on issues arising out of the 2010 mine explosions that killed 29 men. This high-profile work included managing the contractor's interactions with the Police, Department of Labour, Coroner, and Royal Commission of Inquiry. Ultimately, and unlike others, McConnell Dowell was exonerated and not prosecuted in relation to the Pike River Mine explosion.
A large New Zealand manufacturing and supply organisation
Grant has advised on several employee and contractor fatalities and numerous other serious harm incidents for this primary sector business, including emergency response, dealings with victims and/or their families, internal and external investigations and Coroners’ inquests. The client has only been prosecuted twice, and Grant successfully persuaded the court to impose acceptable penalties. The client's National Health and Safety Manager has said ‘Kensington Swan provided us with responsive advice on three fatal workplace incidents when urgency was critical. They mobilised to site and supported our onsite personnel and investigation team. Their experience in incident management was clearly demonstrated in their ability to urgently implement the right response to protect our staff and our brand.’
Mainzeal Property and Construction Limited
Grant advised on a Christchurch worksite fatality, successfully persuading MBIE that charges were not appropriate. He also represented Mainzeal in the subsequent Coroner’s inquest which made findings supportive of Mainzeal’s health and safety performance.
An energy State Owned Enterprise
Grant helped this State Owned Enterprise with training to promote health and safety leadership by senior managers.