| Not everyone in the
public eye has or can afford a bodyguard to fend away confrontations.
Even if they did, there are times when even the most professional
of bodyguards cannot help you. How confident are you that you can
Picture the scene, Footballer X has just scored the winning goal
when there is a pitch invasion. As the invaders run towards the
players, Footballer X is caught on film kicking and punching a
fan from the opposing team. Self defence or assault?
What about Celebrity Y out on the town with a few friends and
suddenly mobbed by a group of autograph hunters and paparazzi.
During the pushing and shoving, Celebrity Y lashes out at someone
grabbing their coat. Self defence or assault?
you are an employer, whether or not you are based in the world
of entertainment or sport or business, if you and/or the people
who work for you are in the public eye, you need to be aware of
the Law. Ask yourself the following questions:
|| Do you know that you have legal
obligation to train and report any "acts of non-consensual
physical violence done to a person at work" under RIDDOR
1995 Regulations and the Management of Health & Safety
||Do you know that failure to provide this training
for the people who work for you can now result in "management
prosecution under gross negligence" should any of these
people suffer a serious injury or fatality while working for
||Do you know that, as an employer / manager,
you can be prosecuted under new legislation for failing in
your duty of care towards your people under the Health and
Safety at Work etc Act 1974 if you do not provide adequate
training against violent attacks?