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HOMES BUILDER IGNORED HSE IMPROVEMENT NOTICE

Builder fined for failing to provide proper facilities on small project

Swiftfix Reinforcement Specialists (David Lawrance T/A) has been prosecuted for neglecting the welfare of the workforce at a construction site in West Cornwall. The company failed to provide adequate washing facilities and rest areas between May and July 2012 where a new home was being built.

Bodmin Magistrates heard (17 April) that when an HSE inspector visited he found:

  • no hot or cold running water or a wash basin;
  • no suitable drinking water i.e. hose from a neighbouring property into a plastic container;
  • area for resting, drying clothes or eating was inadequate i.e room for three chairs despite there being eight workmen and no electricity supply.

An Improvement Notice was served requiring better conditions, but a follow-up HSE inspection revealed nothing had changed.

Welfare provision not a trivial matter on building sites

David Lawrance, of Rosudgeon, near Penzance, pleaded guilty to a single breach of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007. He was given a two year conditional discharge and ordered to pay costs of £2,141.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Barry Trudgian, said:

“The need to provide running water to wash hands and arms is not a trivial matter on a building site.

The workmen were pouring concrete and when splashed on the skin this can lead to dermatitis if it is not washed off. Apart from being an unpleasant condition, in some cases it can lead to the loss of use of fingers and hands.

Site contractors and supervisors like David Lawrance, who are responsible for the work of employees or subcontractors, have a legal duty to ensure that adequate facilities are in place for the welfare of the workforce from the very start to the completion of construction work.”

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