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    SERIAL NON-COMPLIANCE CATCHES CONTRACTOR

    Firm prosecuted after Prohibition Notices near double figures

    A construction company with a record of endangering the lives of workers has been fined after HSE found that once again it was putting workers at serious risk of falling from height in May 2014.

    Black Country Magistrates’ Court heard (20 Jan) that HSE Inspectors paid a routine visit to the company project in West Bromwich and found men working on the first floor without scaffolding, edge protection, airbags or other fall prevention or mitigation measures.

    A Prohibition Notice, the company’s ninth in ten years and the eighth relating to work at height, was served by HSE halting all work at height immediately.

    Prosecution inevitable where advice ignored repeatedly

    AM Construction Ltd, of Hayes, Middx, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and was fined £5,300 and ordered to pay £1,157 in costs.

    Regulation 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 states: “Where work is carried out at height, every employer shall take suitable and sufficient measures to prevent, so far as is reasonably practicable, any person falling a distance liable to cause personal injury.”

    After the hearing, HSE inspector Gareth Langston said:

    “Work at height is the biggest cause of death in the workplace and remains a priority area for HSE. When companies regularly fall below the minimum legal standards and repeatedly ignore advice prosecution is inevitable.

    AM Construction Ltd has become a repeat offender in ignoring HSE’s advice and failing in its duty to ensure the safety of its workforce. It is extremely lucky that no-one was killed or hurt.”

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