Reports and Advice documents are prepared in accordance with the Civil Procedure Rules for use in Court proceedings following the perusal of documentary evidence and site inspections where facilities are made available. Based on considerable experience, oral evidence can also be given in Court where necessary.
Since 1991, including six years prior to the establishment of Cheetham Associates Ltd (formerly S J Cheetham & Associates), investigations have been carried out and a comparable number of Reports have been prepared for representatives of Claimant and Defendant, and since 1999 an increasing proportion of this work has been carried out in accordance with joint instructions. Subject areas covered have included the investigation of accidents and disputes in the Engineering, Construction, Woodworking, Agricultural, Coal Mining, Public Transport, Haulage and Retail sectors. This has involved detailed examination and assessment of Mechanical, Electrical, Hydraulic and Pneumatic Equipment and factors concerning Manual Handling, Work Related Upper Limb Disorders, Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome, Noise Induced Hearing Loss, exposure to Chemicals and Occupational Asthma. A considerable number of investigations have also been conducted in connection with Road Traffic incidents and into the safety of Floors, Stairs, Lighting etc. within industry, public places and domestic properties.
In all matters the focus is to provide evidence that will be of maximum benefit to the Court in resolving matters of liability; where ever possible providing reference to relevant legislation and reference material.
For technical matters of greater complexity, evidence provided is usually supported by a suite of continually developing computer models that are designed to provide detailed analysis of a range of situations which include the mechanics and logistics of road traffic accidents, and occupational exposure to noise and vibration during varied employment histories. This provides a capability to provide detailed multiple employer apportionment information that can be readily updated upon additional evidence becoming available.
Bespoke computer models are also prepared to analyse other technical issues on a case by case basis.