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CONSTRUCTION DIRECTOR FINED OVER SAFETY FAILURES

Falls risk to workforce found on project lacking properly trained managers 

Construction company director, Paul Cartwright, has been fined after failing to take measures for safe working at height on a building site in Cardiff.

Magistrates heard that during an HSE inspection in September 2011 employees were observed standing at an open edge with no protection in place to prevent workers falling outward from the beams or inwards through the partially completed floor. There was no scaffolding, safety netting other fall arrest systems in placed.

An on-site method statement for working at height had not been prepared and neither Mr Cartwright nor the site foreman had received adequate site manager safety training. A Prohibition Notice was issued for work at height issues and an Improvement Notice requiring site manager safety training.

Companies and individuals continue to take risks and cut corners

Cartwright Construction (Paul Cartwright T/A) of Cardiff pleaded guilty to breaching Section 6 (3) of the Work at Height Regulations 1995 and was fined £4,000 and ordered to pay costs of £3,027.

The court was told HSE had been subject to previous enforcement action and warned about the need for site manager safety training

HSE inspector Simon Breen said:

“The dangers of working at height without adequate edge protection are very clear, yet companies and individuals continue to take risks and cut corners.

Cartwright Construction was well aware of the precautions it should have taken but decided to ignore them. Falls from height are a major cause of workplace fatalities.

This case should serve as a warning to others that if you work without the right equipment and put workers at risk, you will end up in court.”

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