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PROSECUTION – MANAGER

Site manager fined after failing to manage risk 

A construction company site manager has been prosecuted and fined £1500 after a bricklayer fell from height on a housing site and after he failed to control other work at height risks. The manager also omitted to report the incident to HSE. At a second construction site two employees were working where they were liable to fall from a loading bay and public safety was compromised by the risk of tiles falling from the scaffold. 

Comment: It is not clear whether the employer of the manager has or is to be prosecuted for these failings. Prosecutors perhaps believed the employer had taken sufficient action and that the offences were due solely to the failings of the manager. This would be unusual and it may be that HSE is now looking more closely at the role of managers and prosecution of individual managers and directors where appropriate.

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