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Two companies and director fined after unsafe construction work

Date:
26 October 2017

A London based construction company, its director and a property company have been fined in relation to unsafe construction work at two sites in Barnet.

On 26 October 2017 a District Judge at the City of London Magistrates’ Court heard how on several occasions between 2015 and 2016 multiple breaches of health and safety law were found at two construction sites in Barnet.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that Choiceplace Properties Ltd engaged Mr Rohan Joshi’s construction companies, including New Build Construction Solution Ltd, to carry out construction projects, despite evidence of poor health and safety standards recurring. In 2011, HSE inspectors had taken enforcement action against Choiceplace Properties Ltd and Mr Joshi. They had also provided advice on compliance with the law.

Choiceplace Properties Ltd pleaded guilty to two charges under Regulation 9(1) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007. The company has been fined a total of £18,000.

New Build Construction Solution Ltd pleaded guilty to one charge under Regulation 15(2) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 and one charge under Regulation 13(1) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015. The company was fined a total of £20,000.

Mr Rohan Joshi pleaded guilty to two charges by virtue of Section 37(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Etc. Act 1974. He was fined a total of £1,356.

Each defendant was also ordered to pay its share of the prosecution costs, amounting to £4,939.07 each and totalling £14,817.21.

Speaking after the case HSE Inspector Stephron Baker Holmes said: “Whilst there was no accident on either of these sites, those prosecuted showed continuing non-compliance with the law and put workers at significant risk.

“Clients should take steps to ensure that the contractors they appoint are capable of managing health and safety risks on site.”

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