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Industrial Investigations

An industrial Investigation is the investigation of an incident that has occurred, or is suspected to have occurred, or could possibly occur in the working environment.

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INDUSTRIAL INVESTIGATIONS COULD POSSIBLY LEAD TO A CRIMINAL OR CIVIL INVESTIGATION.

Examples of incidents, for which industrial investigations can be conducted, include:

  • Loss of company property that could lead to a theft investigation;
  • Damage of company property that could lead to a criminal charge of malicious damage to property or possibly an internal labour matter, such as “negligence”;
  • Accident;
  • Unrest;
  • Systems failure;
  • Health and safety issues.

IRRESPECTIVE OF THE OFFENCE OR INCIDENT, IT IS IMPORTANT THAT EACH INVESTIGATION IS APPROACHED IN A PROFESSIONAL MANNER.

Our team of investigators has all-round knowledge and experience in dealing with these cases. Very important to consider is that the skill and expertise in the manner in which these cases are processed, ultimately leads to their success.

The investigator will work towards a successful finding and obtain evidence that would be admissible. One has to bear in mind that, should the required result be a criminal prosecution, the case has to be proven “beyond a reasonable doubt”, whilst  in an industrial or internal prosecution, the evidence needs to be based on “a balance of probability”. Thus, evidence that would be admissible in an industrial matter might not be admissible in a criminal case.

Key factors to consider for successful prosecution would include:

  • The skill of the investigator in gathering of admissible evidence, and
  • The skill of the investigator in the presenting of that evidence.

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