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Liverpool property firm fined after dangerous work at height

1 April 2015

Liverpool based property developer, Copelare Ltd was today fined £7,000 with £1496.50 costs at St Helens Magistrates Court after two contract workers were spotted by a member of the public working on a tower platform in the centre of St Helens without adequate protection to public walking underneath. 

The company was found guilty of breaching Section 3 (1)of the Health and Safety at Work Act.

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.

2.         Section 3(1) of HSWA states “It shall be the duty of every employer to conduct his undertaking in such a way as to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that persons not in his employment who may be affected thereby are not thereby exposed to risks to their health or safety.”