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PUBLIC ‘SHOP’ DEMOLITION CONTRACTOR POSING DANGER

HSE respond to public concerns with advice and preemptive prosecution

A demolition contractor has been fined after members of the public reported to HSE work at height carried out unsafely during the demolition of a Derbyshire pub. Central Demolition & Salvage Specialists  (Colin Rogers T/A) was principal contractor at the former Jolly Colliers pub in Ripley in May 2011.

Southern Derbyshire Magistrates were told that HSE received complaints from three different members of the public . One complainant took photographs showing workers on the roof of the two-storey building without any measures to prevent them from falling.

HSE advised Mr Rogers on safe working at height. However, at a follow-up visit on 19 May Inspectors found unsafe practices still taking place with timber being thrown from the edge of the building with no safety measures to stop a fall. Two Prohibition Notices were served by HSE preventing any further work until a suitable demolition plan was adopted and adequate fall prevention measures introduced.

Defendant blatantly ignored HSE advice

The court fined Mr Rogers £2,500 and ordered him to pay costs of £2,500 after he admitted breaching Section 3(2) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

Speaking after the hearing HSE Inspector Lee Greatorex said:

“The dangers that the workers faced were so great and so obvious that no fewer than three members of the public took the trouble to contact HSE with their concerns, one of them with photographs.

Colin Rogers blatantly ignored HSE’s advice leaving a worker at the site exposed to an unnecessary risk of a serious or even fatal injury. Demolition and work at height are high risk activities.

There is a need to adequately plan for such work and ensure those plans are fully implemented and monitored effectively to ensure the safety of those involved.”

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