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CORNISH BUILDER IGNORED ENFORCEMENT NOTICE

Prosecution followed failure to undertake required H&S training course

The owner of a Cornish roofing company has found himself in court after ignoring an order to undertake construction safety training.

During a site inspection in June 2010 an HSE inspector identified several safety issues with scaffolding used by All Roofs from Redruth. The scaffolding was incomplete with barriers missing and a broken loft ladder used.

HSE issued an improvement notice on Nathan Michell, proprietor of All Roofs, requiring suitable training for Mr Michell. A training course was arranged on two occasions but he failed to attend.

Everyone must “keep up to speed” with knowledge

After the hearing, Barry Trudgian, HSE Inspector, said:

“Mr Michell was given two opportunities to complete a much needed safety course after the HSE visit. Unfortunately for him, ignoring the HSE enforcement notice landed him in court today.

Organising safe work at height is one of the key responsibilities of those in control of construction work. In order to do this it’s essential they remain up to speed with best practice in construction and relevant health and safety law.

Everyone who has a say in how a construction project is carried out should be familiar with their duties under the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007, including the role of the project’s client, architectural and engineering designers, contractors and sub-contractors.

Mr Michell pleaded guilty and was fined £1,200 with £800 costs.

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