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CONTRACTOR DID NOT HEED WARNINGS FROM H&S ADVISER

Pre-emptive prosecution based on HSE inspection and findings of consultant

A building contractor from Cornwall has been fined for allowing multiple safety failings on the new-build construction of a four-storey apartment block.

Bodmin Magistrates heard (28 Nov) that a health and safety inspection carried out by an advisor two months before an HSE inspection highlighted falls risk. However, no effective action was taken by principal contractor Paul David Brannan to make improvements or to eliminate the safety risks.

HSE found that numerous ‘fall from height’ risks at the site, including unprotected edges in floor-to-ceiling window openings, the lift shaft and stairwell plus incomplete scaffolding.

Reminder to all building contractors on work at height risk 

Paul David Brannan, of pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005. He was fined £3,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,800.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Barry Trudgian said:

“The dangers of working at height are well known within the construction industry and this site had the greatest number of fall risks I have seen in one structure. It is very fortunate that nobody was injured because in numerous parts of the building, on each floor, there were no measures in place to prevent workers falling from height.

Today’s prosecution should serve as a reminder to all building contractors and companies to protect their employees from falls when working at height. It is a legal duty to manage safety and failing to do so ends too often in tragedy.”

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