"The analysis of motor vehicle crashes and health & safety accidents requires
specialised knowledge and experience, and that is what I provide
for my clients"
– Hamish Piercy, Director
After 16 years with the NZ Police and working in a variety of city and rural stations, Hamish has gained a significant amount of experience in a wide variety of investigative processes, including the specialised field of motor vehicle crash investigation and analysis.
Hamish joined the New Zealand Police in 1987 and has worked in Porirua, Gore, Invercargill and Christchurch. Together with general duties and traffic policing, Hamish has worked in a wide variety of police fields including; prosecutions, youth aid (youth prosecutor), youth crime and combined investigation units.
Throughout this time he also attended hundreds of crashes of varying types and severity and in 1993 he began specialising in the field of motor vehicle crash investigations. Later, Hamish became the Crash Analyst (Reconstructionist) on the Canterbury District Serious Crash Unit attending and investigating the most serious crashes within the south, central and north Canterbury areas.
As the crash analyst for the Canterbury District Serious Crash Unit, another of Hamish’s roles was to review crash reports and investigations from other police districts nationwide. He also provided assistance to other crash unit staff in training general duties and traffic police members in basic crash investigation.
Hamish’s knowledge and experience in the specialised fields of crash investigation and forensic mapping has seen him give evidence as an expert witness in the Coroner’s, District and High Courts for a wide variety of cases including serious driving matters and crimes such as aggravated robberies and homicides.
Continuing to gather further experience and training in area of road safety and accident investigation, Hamish has successfully completed a Road Safety Engineering Certificate and gained a New Zealand Civil Engineering, Traffic Engineering qualification.
In 2008 Hamish graduated with distinction from the Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety in Queensland (CARRS-Q) with a Post Graduate Diploma in Road Safety.
Hamish is a member of the Australasian and South Pacific Association of Collision Investigators (ASPACI) as well as the Australasian College of Road Safety. Both associations encompass people from different disciplines including law enforcement and engineering who have specialised knowledge and skills in crash investigation and road safety.
Hamish is a member of an Australian & New Zealand Standards Committee evaluating load barriers in motor vehicles and was a member of the Accident Compensation Corporation’s Motorcycle reference group. This group was formed to identify causal factors in motorcycle crashes and work to reduce the incidence of motorcycle involved crashes in New Zealand.
Professional memberships include: The Australasian South Pacific Association of Collision Investigators (ASPACI) and the Australasian College of Road Safety (ACRS). Associate memberships are held with the NZ Road Transport Association (RTANZ) and NZ Trucking Association.
Hamish has also gained a qualification in the general investigative area of Private Investigation and was a warranted Health and Safety Inspector pursuant to the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992. He was an inspector with the Department of Labour's Occupational Safety & Health Service (OSH) for over five years and investigated many workplace accidents. Because of Hamish's background in road transport and road safety, his skills were utilised in many workplace accidents in these sectors.
Hamish has also worked with Tranzqual, the Transport Industry Training Organisation, as a Regional Training Advisor encouraging buisinesses to review and improve their levels of industry training.