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FAILURE TO ACT ON HSE NOTICE LANDS FIRM IN COURT

Contractor prosecuted after failing to take action following routine inspection

A small contractor has been fined after an HSE inspection discovered dangerous working conditions. Inspectors saw contractors working some 3m above ground without measures in place to prevent them from falling at the site in Waltham Abbey, Essex on 10 February 2010.

A Prohibition Notice was immediately served on the Principal Contractor Mr Isidor Cata, of Colchester Road, Edgware, Middlesex, preventing further work at height until adequate safeguards were in place.

However, Chelmsford Magistrates heard (26 June) that a follow-up inspection later the same day found working at height was still continuing, despite no measures having been taken to comply.

Everyone must manage work at height safely

Mr Isidor Cata, 48, trading as Doru Construction, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and Section 33(1)(g) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and was fined £2,000, and ordered to pay costs of £1,500.

Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector, David King, said:

“Last year 50 construction workers died following incidents on sites, with work at height being the largest factor in this.

Therefore it is essential that everybody involved in the construction industry takes appropriate action to manage work at height safely, and other major hazards on their site, to prevent needless injury and loss of life.”

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