A development company has been sentenced for breaches of the Work at Height Regulations.
Landrose Developments Limited of North Circular Road, London, pleaded guilty to safety failings after a routine site inspection on 6 February 2013, which resulted in enforcement action being taken.
Landrose were carrying out construction of 20 domestic properties, including 10 houses and 10 flats at a site in Willesden when HSE inspectors arrived.
Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard that despite this action, the breaches were repeated at the construction site and resulted in further enforcement action.
However, despite the previous action, the breaches were repeated on the 30th August 2013 at the construction site, without any adequate means to prevent persons, materials or objects falling a distance liable to cause personal injury. This resulted in further enforcement action.
Landrose Developments Limited was fined £16,000 with costs of £2,221 after pleading guilty to breaching Regulations 6(3) and 10(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.There was also a victim surcharge applied.
This was a proactive prosecution for repeated work at height breaches on more than one site, without any adequate means to prevent persons, materials or objects falling and causing injury.
Notes to Editors:
- 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.
- Regulation 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 states: “Where work is carried out at height, every employer shall take suitable and sufficient measures to prevent, so far as is reasonably practicable, any person falling a distance liable to cause personal injury.”
- Regulation 10(1) of the same Regulations states: “Every employer shall, where necessary to prevent injury to any person, take suitable and sufficient steps to prevent, so far as is reasonably practicable, the fall of any material or object.”
- Further HSE news releases are available at press.hse.gov.uk