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CLIENT DEVELOPER PROSECUTED UNDER CDM

Property developer failed in management arrangements duty

A London property developer and landlord Lahrie Mohamed has been ordered to pay almost £15k in fines and prosecution costs after workers were put at risk on two developments.

Mr Mohamed pleaded guilty to offences under the CDM 2007 client duty regarding management arrangements.

The court heard how he failed to appoint a competent contractor and did not ensure that proper arrangements were in place for work to be managed safely thereby putting workers and neighbours at risk.

Inspectors found fire risks close to a petrol station, substandard scaffolding and electrical hazards. Both sites were closed down.

HSE Construction Inspector Sarah Snelling said:“Mr Mohamed put the lives of the men working on his sites at serious risk by failing to appoint competent contractors to carry out and manage the work. As a long-standing property developer and professional landlord who owns over 100 properties in and around Waltham Forest, Mr Mohamed should have had the knowledge and resources to ensure the work was carried out safely and legally.”

Comment: Many smaller construction clients remain unaware of their CDM 2007 duties. This case acts as a reminder of extensive duties imposed by CDM 2007 on project clients. This case did not involve injury. If a death had occurred the client could be facing a manslaughter investigation.

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