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IGNORING HSE ADVICE ENDS IN DIRECTOR DISQUALIFICATION

Failure to act on poor site management lands firm and director in court

London based Laxmi Developments Ltd and director Vijay Madhaparia have been fined after carrying out unsafe demolition and construction work at a house in Surrey. Mr Madhaparia has also been disqualified from acting as a director for three years.

Redhill Magistrates heard that during a visit to the building site in Banstead on 23 June 2011 HSE found such poor standards that enforcement notices were issued.

Workmen were demolishing a house with no edge protection to prevent falls. Mr Madhaparia was aware of the requirement for fall protection but he instructed work to go without measures in place. Improvement Notices were served requiring sufficient demolition planning, improved welfare facilities and competent site supervision.

On the 6 September 2011 photographs were sent to HSE showing the same poor demolition practices and Mr Madhaparia was called and reminded of the dangers of working at height. On 3 October 2011 the site was revisited and standards were found to be very poor. 

Mr Madhaparia failed to produce an asbestos survey prior to the demolition. The site is in a residential area and next to a school and it was discovered that waste was burnt thereby “potentially increasing the dispersal range of any asbestos fibres”.

Disregard for health and safety was shocking

Laxmi Developments Ltd pleaded guilty to breaching section 2(1) and section 33(1)(g) of the Health and Safety etc at Work Act 1974 and Regulation 5 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006. The firm was fined £15,000 and ordered to pay the full costs of £11,930.

Vijay Madhaparia pleaded guilty to offences by virtue of HSW Act Section 37(1). He was fined £1,500 and disqualified from acting as a company director for three years.

HSE inspector Russell Beckett said:

“The disregard for health and safety shown by Vijay Madhaparia and his company was shocking. This man exposed workers and the site’s neighbours – including young children – to appalling risks and the management of health and safety was non-existent even at the most basic level.

There was a complete disregard for the safety of both workers and the public. Even after a Prohibition Notice had been served at the site workers were instructed to continue to work in exactly the same way.

For anyone to conduct themselves or their business in this way is completely unacceptable and HSE will have no hesitation in bringing perpetrators before the courts.”

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