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    BASIC WELFARE ABSENT ON ERRANT BUILDING PROJECT

    Prosecution follows company failure to heed warnings on welfare

    CR Construction (SW) Ltd from Bristol has been prosecuted for failing to provide basic building site washing and welfare facilities despite previous HSE enforcement action against the company.

    When an HSE Inspector visited the Bristol site in June 2011 the washing and bathroom facilities were found to be completely inadquate. Bristol Magistrates heard that company managers were fully aware of the requirements. An Improvement Notice covering such matters had been served on the company by HSE in Thornbury.

    Standards way below minimum requirements

    The failings at the Clifton site had existed from the start of the project one year earlier. Up to sixteen builders worked on site and facilities were “way below the minimum requirements”.

    CR Construction (SW) Ltd of Tereslake Green, Bristol pleaded guilty to breaching regulation 22 (1) (c) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 under Section 33 (1) (c) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and were fined £2,000 and ordered to pay costs of £2,014.

    HSE inspector Sue Adsett said:

    “Workers on sites such as these need access to clean and working toilets and hand washing facilities with hot and cold running water, soap and towels, as many materials used on such sites can cause skin problems.

    It is also a legal requirement to have a heated room on site where workers can change, rest, and make hot drinks and food if required.”

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