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IGNORING HSE PROHIBITION RESOLVED IN COURT

Builder fined over uncontrolled risk based on testimony of public 

Rimo Construction Ltd has been fined for ignoring a safety notice and exposing workers and members of the public to serious risk of injury in Rumney in June 2012.

An HSE inspector visited the site after a local resident raised concerns about safety. The company was served with a Prohibition Notice preventing any further work on unsafe scaffolding or the roof of the property. However, on following day, neighbours on both sides of the property saw the men continuing to work in exactly the same way.

Adequate edge protection or other precautions should have been in place to prevent workers from falling and injuring themselves or others.

Defendant well aware of the precautions required

Rimo Construction Ltd, of Vaindre Road, St Mellons, Cardiff, was fined £2,000 and ordered to pay £1,000 in costs after pleading guilty to breaching Sections 2(1), 3(1) and 33(1)(g) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

After the hearing HSE Inspector Simon Breen said:

“The dangers of working at height without adequate edge protection are very clear, yet companies and individuals continue to take risks and cut corners. Whilst there were no injuries, the workers could have fallen from the scaffolding or roof into the grounds of the neighbouring houses on either side.

Rimo Construction was well aware of the precautions it should have been taking, particularly after being served with a Prohibition Notice to stop work on the scaffolds and on the roof. Yet less than 24 hours later the company ignored the risks and the terms of the notice.”

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