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REFURB FIRM SENTENCED FOR MULTIPLE SAFETY FAILINGS

Fall of roofer exposed failure to plan and manage work effectively

New Generation (Manchester) Ltd has been fined after a roofer was badly injured in a 3m fall from scaffolding on a house in Manchester on 31 May 2011. 

HSE investigators served six enforcement notices stopping some work activities at the site and requiring improvements to be made. Trafford Magistrates Court heard (11 May) the scaffolding was in a poor condition and there were unprotected gaps in the floors and walls.

Site was an absolute disgrace

New Generation (Manchester) Ltd was prosecuted under the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 for: failing to properly plan and manage the work; failing to provide a safe place to work, and failing to ensure the site was in a good state. The company pleaded guilty and was fined £3,900 and ordered to pay £4,000 in prosecution costs.

After the hearing, HSE Inspector Ian Betley said:

“The state of the Carrwood site was an absolute disgrace when we visited it, and we immediately issued six enforcement notices to ensure the safety of the people working there.

New Generation failed to plan the work properly or to manage it effectively. As a result, Stephen Cartwright suffered major injury and other lives were put in danger.

Health and safety laws exist for a reason, and if this company had taken notice of them then Mr Cartwright’s fall could have been avoided.”

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