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Title: Witness statement???
Post by: Equinox on 09-11-18, 02:37PM
Hi all

Just a quick question, my colleague has written a witness statement for an incident this week but a manager has not written everything down, to protect their own back probably.  They’ve said they want to add bits to the statement and union at our store have said it’s allowed but no management want to help, probably because they all want to stick up for said manager.

Can anyone offer any advice of what option to take next? Personnel? Head office?
Title: Re: Witness statement???
Post by: Duracell on 09-11-18, 02:53PM
So the colleague didn’t write their statement the manager did?
But did the colleague sign it?

Who wants to add to the statement?

Title: Re: Witness statement???
Post by: Equinox on 09-11-18, 04:12PM
So the statement was correct but certain things needed to be added, the person who witnessed the incident wants to add to their witness statement which was written by the duty manager who was at fault as they didn’t attend a first aid call.
Title: Re: Witness statement???
Post by: Duracell on 09-11-18, 07:31PM
It has to be asked, why do they want to add to it? Why wasn’t the info mentioned and recorded the first time?
Title: Re: Witness statement???
Post by: lucgeo on 10-11-18, 01:29PM
Unsure why the manager involved in the incident is writing the statements, surely shouldn't be involved due to a conflict of interest  ??? ???
Title: Re: Witness statement???
Post by: tumshie on 11-11-18, 09:41AM
If I was that witness, I'd write my own, correct, statement and include in it that the original statement, written out by the manager, was incomplete.

If the witness has trouble with writing / grammar etc, they could ask someone they trust to write it out for them. Definitely not the manager who was involved.
Title: Re: Witness statement???
Post by: Duracell on 12-11-18, 12:25PM
I would always argue that a statement isn’t a true reflection of person A’s knowledge, understanding or opinion if it is written by person B.
Also whether you write the statement in the presence of a manager yourself or the manager writes it and you sign it, if the manager present is part of the incident requiring statements then the likelihood is that will have some kind of impact on what your write or what you say. So again not a true reflection of what you think would know or would say.

As tumshie suggests write another statement, mention in that statement why the second statement was made and why it has new information, the manager taking statements about an incident they were involved in seems to have somehow suppressed a comprehensive true reflective statement.
If possible get another colleague to witness the statement being written and sign as a witness to the STATEMENT not the incident.