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Cleaning company fined for putting workers lives at risk

Date:
21 July 2015

A Sheffield property and cleaning company was fined for breaching Work at Height regulations. 

Turbo Property and Cleaning Services Ltd of Wade Street, Sheffield was issued with a Prohibition Notice on 13 November 2014 after an employee was found to be working on a fragile roof with no protection measures in place to prevent them from falling. 

The company was then found to have breached the conditions of the notice and had failed to take sufficient measures to prevent workers from falling a distance liable to cause injury. 

On Monday 20 July, Sheffield Magistrates Court heard that the company had breached Section 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and Section 33(1)(c) and 33(2) of Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 for contravening the Prohibition Notice. 

Turbo Property and Cleaning Services were found guilty in their absence and were fined £2000 for the breach of the work at height regulations, £4000 for the breach of prohibition notice with £853.70 costs. 

Notes to Editors: 

  1. The Health and Safety Executive is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. It aims to reduce work-related death, injury and ill health. It does so through research, information and advice, promoting training, new or revised regulations and codes of practice, and working with local authority partners by inspection, investigation and enforcement hse.gov.uk
  2. Regulation 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 states: “Every employer shall ensure that when work is carried out at height, suitable and sufficient measures are taken to prevent, so far as is reasonably practicable, employees falling a distance liable to cause injury.”
  3. Section 33(1)(c) of the Health and Safety at Work etc 1974 states: ‘It is an offence for a person to contravene any health and safety regulations…or any requirement or prohibition imposed under any such regulations.
  4. Section 33(2), of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 states… contravening a requirement imposed by an inspector under section 20;
  5. Further HSE news releases are available at press.hse.gov.uk
  6. More information about maintaining machinery safely can be found at http://www.hse.gov.uk/safemaintenance/heavy-items.htm

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