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Construction Company puts residents and public at risk

Date:
22 July 2015

A construction company has been fined for safety failings that put workers, residents and the public at risk from falling debris and possible collapse of the building.

Merthyr Magistrates’ Court heard how, in March 2015, unsafe demolition work was carried out on buildings at the former St. Tydfil’s Hospital site in Merthyr Tydfil.

Merthyr Developments Limited, of Welling Way, Rhymney, were prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive and fined a total of £12,000, and ordered to pay £1,494 in costs after pleading guilty to offences under Regulation 28(1), 29(1), and 29(2) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007.

For more information about demolishing buildings log onto the website at http://www.hse.gov.uk/construction/safetytopics/demolition.htm

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. www.hse.gov.uk 
  2. Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 states: 28(1) All practicable steps shall be taken, where necessary to prevent danger to any person, to ensure that any new or existing structure or any part of such structure which may become unstable or in a temporary state of weakness or instability due to the carrying out of construction work does not collapse
  3. 29(1) The demolition or dismantling of a structure, or part of a structure, shall be planned and carried out in such a manner as to prevent danger or, where it is not practicable to prevent it, to reduce danger to as low a level as is reasonably practicable.
  4. 29(2) The arrangements for carrying out such demolition or dismantling shall be recorded in writing before the demolition or dismantling work begins.
  5. Further HSE news releases are available at www.press.hse.gov.uk

 

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