7 June 2010
Solicitors in the personal injury team at Leigh Day have welcomed the Security Industry Authority’s announcement that new licence-linked qualifications for door supervisors are being introduced by training providers across the UK.
Significant additions have been made to the training for door supervisors to reflect up to date working practices. This includes practical assessment of physical intervention skills so that the door supervisor is aware of non-pain techniques that can be used in escorting or disengaging from customers where this becomes necessary. Awareness of terrorist threats, awareness of first aid, and specific considerations when dealing with 14 to 18-year-olds are also included. All those now applying for a Security Industry Authority licence for the first time must hold either the new qualification; or a current qualification that is less than three years old.
David Mattis’s story
Some years ago, Leigh Day's personal injury department, represented David Mattis who was stabbed by an unlicensed doorman. He suffered a spinal cord injury leaving him paraplegic. We were able to secure financial compensation for Mr Mattis from the owner of the nightclub where the bouncer worked which meant that Mr Mattis was able to plan for a more secure financial future.
Sally Moore, head of the personal injury team, welcomes efforts by the security industry to regulate and licence its members. She said:
“ Our client was subjected to a violent and horrific attack by an unlicensed bouncer that left him paralysed and completely devastated. I welcome the introduction of a licensing scheme and hope that all responsible night club, bar and pub owners will use door supervisors who have completed this important training”.
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