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    JAIL TERMS FOR TWO REFURBISHMENT CONTRACTORS

    Incompetence triggers structural collapse and leaves three injured

    Two Sheffield brothers have been jailed for safety failures after a building collapse left three injured, up to 20 people temporarily homeless, and nearby properties evacuated. Naveed and Rizwan Hussain were prosecuted at Sheffield Crown Court following the collapse of a three-storey Sheffield City terrace on 23 March 2013.

    Two residents and a builder suffered minor injuries and the immediate area had to be evacuated when the front of the property and the flats on the two upper floors caved in. The court heard it was ‘remarkable’ that no one died given the extent of the collapse.

    The defendants destabilised the structure whilst refurbishing the basement. HSE investigators found the central wall between two properties collapsed due to the poorly planned and badly managed refurbishment project.

    The construction work involved lowering the floor in the basement and removing a number of internal walls. This work undermined the central wall causing it to collapse which caused collapse of floors above and the front wall.

    Naveed Hussain had been the recipient of enforcement notices from HSE on a previous building job relating to failures to plan the work properly.

    Custodial sentence makes public statement

    Rizwan Hussain, 39, of Sheffield, was given a 12 month custodial sentence and a fine of £42,000 with £40,000 in costs after pleading guilty to a breach of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, a breach of the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2007 and a breach of the two  Prohibition Notices issued on 15 May 2013.

    Naveed Hussain, 33, of Sheffield, was given a 12 month custodial sentence and fined £40,000 with £60,000 to pay in costs after admitting a breach of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and a separate breach of the same Construction Regulations.

    After the hearing, HSE principal construction inspector Dave Redman said:

    “All three people injured in this avoidable incident were fortunate not to have been killed. One was saved by a table that had fallen across his body and shielded him from falling debris.

    But their narrow escapes owed more to luck than judgement on the part of the defendants, Rizwan and Naveed Hussain. Both acted incompetently in dealing with the project and fell woefully below acceptable standards.

    When carrying out major building alterations it is imperative that skilled structural engineers are employed to advise on the temporary supports needed. It is equally important that competent contractors are then used to ensure that those supports are correctly used for the duration of the work.

    The risks associated with this type of project are well-known in the construction industry and they are significant.  Where competent people are not used and inadequate controls are employed there is always a risk of a catastrophic collapse and multiple fatalities.”

    His Honour Judge Murphy, sentencing, remarked:

    “It was little short of a miracle that more people were not seriously injured or killed. This was a very serious incident “caused by your arrogance and greed.

    A statement needs to be made to people undertaking such projects in relation to the importance of health and safety. The public would be appalled at anything less than a custodial sentence.”

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