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PROSECUTION OVER FALLS RISK AND WELFARE DEFECIENCIES

Firm fined for continuing unsafe working despite repeated HSE warnings

Anza Ltd has been prosecuted after HSE inspectors found serious safety issues during two visits to a site in Forest Hill, London when HSE served a Prohibition Notice on managing the risk of falls and an Improvement Notice requiring welfare facilities to be provided in May 2009.

HSE Inspectors visited again on 1 July 2009 and found insufficient measures in place to prevent workers falls requiring a further Prohibition Notice regarding fall prevention. The company also failed to comply with the requirements of the Improvement Notice concerning site welfare

Company ignored previous warnings and enforcement notices

Anza Ltd, of Wydehurst Road, Croydon, was found guilty in absentia of single breaches of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007. The company, now in liquidation, was fined £15,000 and ordered to pay full costs of £6,752.

After the hearing, HSE Inspector Abosede Ogunsekan said:

“This company had ignored previous warnings and enforcement notices from HSE, and continued to neglect their duty of care to their workers.

Falls from height are the greatest cause of major injury and fatalities in the construction industry; and if companies do not take steps to prevent these, then HSE will be robust in its response.

Even though there were no injuries in this instance, serious safety breaches were continued by this construction company which could have resulted in serious injuries”.

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