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The Institute of Expert Witnesses offers professional impartial and independent advice and provides qualified expert opinions to support the legal process of resolving cases of accidents and injury.

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Autobelay (Automatic friction application) Systems and Climbing Incidents
Autobelay (Automatic friction application) Systems and Climbing Incidents

Autobelay systems are widely used around the world in climbing gyms. Probably the most popular system has about 16,000 units worldwide, of which there are about 4,000 here in the UK.

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THE SAFE SYSTEM - Part V
THE SAFE SYSTEM - Part V

In the first four issues of this series of blogs where our Chairman William MackayIFMGA

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Inspirational IEW member gains professorial stature
Inspirational IEW member gains professorial stature

The Institute of Expert Witnesses is delighted to confirm that Dr. Rhodri Lloyd has been awarded a well deserved professorship.

Professor Lloyd..

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THE SAFE SYSTEM - Part IV
THE SAFE SYSTEM - Part IV

In the first three issues of this series of blogs our Chairman William MackayIFMGA..

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THE SAFE SYSTEM - Part III
THE SAFE SYSTEM - Part III

In the first two issues of this series of blogs where our Chairman William Mackay IFMGA looks at the Safe System of Training/ Operating in the Adventure..

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Heuristic Traps In Adventure Tourism
Heuristic Traps In Adventure Tourism

In this blog our Chairman looks at HEURISTRIC TRAPS IN ADVENTURE TOURISM. There has recently been a focus and comments made on heuristic traps, which are many fold that we as human can fall into. Much of the commenting in principle..

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THE SAFE SYSTEM - Part II
THE SAFE SYSTEM - Part II

In the first of this series of blogs where our Chairman William Mackay IFMGA looks at the Safe System of training/ operating in the Adventure Tourism sector we looked at “Safe..

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THE SAFE SYSTEM – Part I
THE SAFE SYSTEM – Part I

This is first of a series of blogs where our Chairman

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COVID–19 and Children’s Playgrounds
COVID–19 and Children’s Playgrounds

Publicly accessible playgrounds and outdoor fitness gyms need their regular safety checks to be continued.  
HMG’s..

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"Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow" (Keller)
"Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow" (Keller)

New Expert Witness Advice on fitness during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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IEW Expert Dr Stephen Lloyd helps develop a new trampoline standard
IEW Expert Dr Stephen Lloyd helps develop a new trampoline standard

IEW Past President Dr Stephen Rhys Lloyd has been participating in a British..

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How to clean your ropes from cragging outside
How to clean your ropes from cragging outside

If you want to ensure your indoor rock climbing safety, you must know how to properly take care of and clean your ropes. In this article, one of our newest

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Mat use in gymnastics trampoline and freestyle delivery
Mat use in gymnastics trampoline and freestyle delivery

A generation ago schools were lucky if they had any more than one or two simple mats to use during indoor PE gymnastic activities. Much of the traditional..

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Rugby Headlines – the effectiveness of protective headgear in the prevention of concussion injuries in rugby football.
Rugby Headlines – the effectiveness of protective headgear in the prevention of concussion injuries in rugby football.

Recent research cited in a BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine

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“LIKES CULTURE” - Encouragement to endangerment?
“LIKES CULTURE” - Encouragement to endangerment?

The culture of CELEBRITY status fuelled by “LIKES” may be responsible for pushing natural resistance of risk into unknown and unpredictable territory.

Websites..

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DISCLAIMERS and WARNINGS
DISCLAIMERS and WARNINGS

“NOT WORTH THE PAPER ITS PRINTED ON?”
How often do we hear this comment about the warning signs in parking..

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SELF ASSESSMENT or ABILITY
SELF ASSESSMENT or ABILITY

Self-assessing situations in physical activities for sport parks, schools, sport clubs, fitness centres, team-building or taster sessions may require an..

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FREE PLAY should not be a FREE FOR ALL
FREE PLAY should not be a FREE FOR ALL

Lesson plans and activity sessions are often seen to include FREE PLAY time. The intention of the teacher or coach is to give time to the student when they..

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Age and Gender Paradox in Physical Army Training
Age and Gender Paradox in Physical Army Training

The issue of age and gender, and fitness policy in the army training is that under existing legalisation it was and believe still is perfectly acceptable..

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What is a valid definition of “Supervision”?
What is a valid definition of “Supervision”?

In cases of recreation and sports injuries, sports qualifications and risk assessments often make allowances for activities to be conducted under “SUPERVISION” of lesser or non-qualified staff. 

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Outdoor Education for Schools
Outdoor Education for Schools

At this lovely time of year, there are many and varied school trips being undertaken.
From high mounting..

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A step-by-step guide to avoid sea accidents
A step-by-step guide to avoid sea accidents

The summer is here and it appears that everybody with a boat, board or ski (PWC) is heading to the coast for fun in the sun making it the perfect time to..

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How Segway operators can avoid injury claims
How Segway operators can avoid injury claims

Over the last few weeks I have been working with another colleague from IEW William Duncan MacKay looking at Segway and other forms of personal..

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How to stay safe when paddleboarding
How to stay safe when paddleboarding

With the huge increase in participation within the sport of paddleboarding it’s become really apparent that there are different levels of safety..

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Heat Can Kill – Heat Injuries
Heat Can Kill – Heat Injuries

In what could be a very hot summer in the UK we should focus on what has been identified in a number of occasions as Lack of Judgment in many heat injury and heat stroke cases our experts..

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Play Equipment - Refurbish or Replace
Play Equipment - Refurbish or Replace

Our witness expert Jean Wenger MIEW, RPIIAM on playground equipment

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Prevention is the Best Protection
Prevention is the Best Protection

As safety management professionals offering impartial and independent legal advice, IEW consultants work with a wide range of clients from large chambers, law firms and..

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Sea safety essentials
Sea safety essentials

The 6 sea safety must haves!
When it comes to safety gear on a powerboat there’s a lot of advice to consider.

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Physical Education, School Sport and Physical Activity – A Life Saver and a Potential Minefield!
Physical Education, School Sport and Physical Activity – A Life Saver and a Potential Minefield!

There has never been a time when children and adults needed to exercise more, eat sensibly and lead a healthier life style. The obesity epidemic continues to consume all age groups at an ever-increasing rate and inactivity..

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Non Association Sport Activities - Does what goes up really come down again?
Non Association Sport Activities - Does what goes up really come down again?

Today's non association sport activities are a severe challenge for any expert witness. Over the past decade many sports have spawned off-piste,..

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Managing risk in play provision
Managing risk in play provision

The Play Safety Forum has produced an important document which helps those involved in children playground of any kind offer stimulating, challenging environments to develop and explore their abilities in a safe way

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7 measures to take in order to comply with the new European Standards for outdoor playground equipment
7 measures to take in order to comply with the new European Standards for outdoor playground equipment

If you are an owner or operator of children’s playgrounds and want to avoid personal injury claims, this article will help you understand the new BS EN 1176 and BS EN 1177 European Standards.

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Dr. Rhodri S. Lloyd – the first European receiving the Terry J. Housh Outstanding Young Investigator Award!
Dr. Rhodri S. Lloyd – the first European receiving the Terry J. Housh Outstanding Young Investigator Award!

The IEW is proud to congratulate..

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Trampoline Parks – “Jumping into Trouble”
Trampoline Parks – “Jumping into Trouble”

The recent news published in The Guardian

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Dr Rhodri Lloyd has joined our panel of Expert Witnesses.
Dr Rhodri Lloyd has joined our panel of Expert Witnesses.

Dr Lloyd is currently a senior lecturer in strength and conditioning at Cardiff Metropolitan University, where he also serves as the Programme Director for the BSc Sports Conditioning,..

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Hefin Archer Williams - Principal Lawyer, Dispute Resolution - joins the team
Hefin Archer Williams - Principal Lawyer, Dispute Resolution - joins the team

Hefin has joined IEW and will provide legal advice and support for all..

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2015 message from Dr Stephen Lloyd - IEW President
2015 message from Dr Stephen Lloyd - IEW President

The IEW is delighted to celebrate another outstanding year of working closely with Line Business Services.  It has been another very productive and rewarding year..

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Mr Geoff Edmondson OBE, 1938-2014 - Joint Founder of the Institute of Expert Witness

It is a sad duty, but a great honour to be able to say a few words about the ‘Great Man’ - Dr Steve Lloyd President, Institute of Expert Witnesses

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Mr Geoff Edmondson - OBE

Dear Colleagues,

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John Severs Obituary – IEW and afPE Member
John Severs Obituary – IEW and afPE Member

John's book on Primary Risk Assessment in PE is a massive legacy for the profession and the Institute of Expert Witnesses. I continue to use and quote from it, every other day. I commend..

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New Year message from Dr Stephen Lloyd - IEW President
New Year message from Dr Stephen Lloyd - IEW President

The IEW is delighted to celebrate another outstanding year of working closely with Line Business Services.  It has been..

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Revised guidance for play providers explains the benefit of managed risk
Revised guidance for play providers explains the benefit of managed risk

IOSH has endorsed a fully revised 2nd edition of the Play Safety Forum's ‘Managing Risk in Play Provision'. The guidance explains how play providers can take a sensible approach to managing risk, which allows children to experience challenging play..

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With high quality legal support and services in over 3000 cases to date, the Institute of Expert Witnesses enjoys a third year of successful partnership with Line Business Services
With high quality legal support and services in over 3000 cases to date, the Institute of Expert Witnesses enjoys a third year of successful partnership with Line Business Services

The IEW is delighted to celebrate a third year of continuing success with Line Business Services.  It has been another very successful and rewarding year for both organizations,..

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Jackson Reforms

The Institute of Expert Witnesses is pleased to confirm that the Jackson Reforms are currently being analysed in..

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Partnership grows in strength
Partnership grows in strength

IEW is delighted to celebrate a very successful and rewarding year, after continuing..

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Exciting New Partnership for IEW and Line Business Services
Exciting New Partnership for IEW and Line Business Services

The Institute for Expert Witnesses is delighted to announce a new partner in its day to day business. Line Business Services is a highly professional and well regarded British company. Line..

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