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Construction firm fined over safety failings

Date:
7 July 2017

A construction firm was fined after failing to safeguard the public from entering a construction site, and not providing adequate welfare facilities for workers.

Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard how on 29 July 2016, Construction and Fit Out Limited was undertaking the refurbishment of a house in Manchester. A Health and safety Executive (HSE) Inspector found the site was not properly fenced off to prevent access to members of the public. There was also no toilet and washing facilities for workers on the site. The company also failed to comply with two Improvement Notices that were issued as result of the Inspector’s site visit.

The HSE investigation found that Construction and Fit Out Ltd did not properly plan the work or assess all the risks to the public at the outset of the project. The company should have provided basic welfare facilities to workers that included toilets with warm water washing facilities in the immediate vicinity.

Construction and Fit Out Limited, of Corporation Street, Manchester, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 18(2) and Regulation 15(11) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 and two breaches of Section 21 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. The company was fined £2,400 with £4168.38 costs.

HSE inspector David Argument said after the hearing: “Companies should be aware that HSE will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action against those that fall below the required standards.”

Notes to editors

1. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) 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
3. More about the legislation referred to in this case can be found at: www.legislation.gov.uk/
3. More information about safety on constructions sites can be found at: http://www.hse.gov.uk/construction/safetytopics/welfare.htm and at http://www.hse.gov.uk/construction/safetytopics/publicprotection.htm
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