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CONTRACTOR ERRS ON SCAFFOLDING SAFETY AND ASBESTOS

Work without required license for asbestos removal ends in court

Brunwin Professional Roofing Services Ltd has been prosecuted after HSE uncovered serious safety failings during a routine inspection at a detached house in Croydon on 28 April 2009.

During the site visit, a HSE inspector discovered that the scaffolding was poorly positioned, creating a gap large enough for the two workers on site to fall through. The company also removed and broke up soffit comprising asbestos containing materials without the required licence nd notification to HSE.

Importance of managing safety on small projects

Brunwin Professional Roofing Services Ltd of Croydon pleaded guilty to breaching safety regulations at City of London Magistrates Court and was fined £4,000 for breaching Regulation 8(1) of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 and £2,000 for breaching Regulation 6(3) of the Work at Height 2005 Regulations. Full costs of £2,406 were also awarded against the company, which has been trading for 23 years.

HSE Inspector Bose Ogunsekan, said:

“Falls from height are the biggest cause of fatal injury in the construction industry and recent years have seen sharp increases in cases of ill health linked to asbestos in trades such as roofing.

Brunwin Professional Roofing Services failed to carry out work in a safe way. Major injuries and fatal accidents can occur on small jobs as well as large schemes. I hope the result of this case indicates the importance of managing health and safety on what was considered to be a small project.”

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One Response to “CONTRACTOR ERRS ON SCAFFOLDING SAFETY AND ASBESTOS”

  1. HSE ENFORCEMENT WEEKLY UPDATE 21st SEPTEMBER 2011 | PP Construction Safety News Desk Says:

    […] N K Brunwin (Roofing) Limited – unsafe work at height and asbestos: £6,000; […]