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    CLIENT FINED OVER CDM 2007 BREACH

    Work at height over pavement put public at risk

    Mark Hewitt, a construction client from Birmingham, has been fined £3000 and ordered to pay £1255.30 in costs at Sandwell Magistrates Court for breaching the CDM 2007 client responsibility for health and safety on construction projects.

    HSE inspected the site after a member of the public raised concerns over work taking place next to a public pavement. During the inspection it was clear there was a risk of materials falling from the first floor level onto the pavement and the street. There were no fall prevention measures in place to protect workers on the site.

    Mark Hewitt of Manor Lane in Halesowen, being a client as defined by the Construction (Management and Design) Regulations 2007, was found guilty of breaching Regulation 9(1) of said regulations.

    Failed to act on advice from advisers

    HSE Inspector Chris Gregory said:

    “As the client for the work, Mr Hewitt should have ensured the appropriate measures were in place in order to plan, manage and monitor the project. He was informed of his duties by his advisers, but failed to act.

    Mr Hewitt had a duty to ensure that the safety of those working on site and those members of the public, passing by, were not put at risk, he failed on both counts”

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