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    BUILDER FINED FOR STRUCTURAL COLLAPSE RISK

    Public in danger from city centre building left at risk of collapse

    A smaller builder has been fined for putting workers and the public in danger by leaving a building at risk of collapse in Lincoln city centre.

    Ian Behagg, of Lincoln was refurbishing residential premises in Sibthorp Street between 10 and 17 February 2010 HSE inspectors visited.

    Lincoln Magistrates’ Court heard how important structural elements of the building had been removed without proper temporary support thereby putting the workforce and members of the public in danger.

    Workers were also found to be working at height without suitable protective equipment to prevent them falling and injuring themselves.

    Blatant disregard could have proved fatal 

    Ian Behagg pleaded guilty to breaching Regulations 28(1) and 28(2) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007. He was fined £2,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,051 at Lincoln Magistrates’ Court on 7 February 2011.

    Inspector Stephen Farthing said:

    “Mr Behagg’s blatant disregard for health and safety put both workers and members of the public in danger.

    Had the building collapsed, the consequences might have been fatal.

    HSE will continue to clamp down on small construction companies which fail to take the health and safety of their employees and the public seriously.”

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