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Local construction company director found guilty of Health and Safety breaches and company fined a total of £178,000

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BY Douglas Cameron
Health & Safety
BG Orange

In 2013 a worker climbed onto a roof to clear waste timber and subsequently fell 5m to his severe injury. After the accident was reported to the HSE through RIDDOR an inspector immediately served a prohibition notice (closing the full site down) until several unacceptable failures in relation to health and safety of their workers were addressed.

On May 24th this year the company Director, who also acted as site director, was found to have overseen ‘multiple failures’ by the company to introduce safe systems of work for his employees.

When the accident occurred there was no qualified site manager or supervisor in place to direct or plan the work.

On summing up, the Judge found that there was serious inconsistencies relating to health and safety document control on site, as well as a lack of planned risk assessments and safety controls, before fining the company £178,000. The company Director was also found guilty of separate safety offences.

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