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    PRICE OF ‘CORNER CUTTING’ ON THE RISE

    Complaint from passer-by lands developer in dock

    KML (Properties) Ltd has been fined over £14k after work at height was being carried out in dangerous manner whilst buildings were being demolished in Lancashire in August 2014.

    HSE responded to a complaint and when inspectors visited the site they found slates being stripped from a fragile roof without measures in place to prevent a fall through the roof or to mitigate the potential life-threatening effects of such a fall.

    Forty-five per cent of deaths (19 of 42) on construction sites in Britain last year were as a result of falls from height and 581 workers suffered major injuries (35 per cent of the total) as a result of such a fall.

    Fragile roof falls are common cause of death

    KML (Properties) Ltd pleaded guilty to a breach of Work at Height Regulations and was fined £10,400. The company from Nelson, also pleaded guilty to two breaches of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 and were fined £2,000 for each relating to failing to plan the work being undertaken and to provide adequate welfare facilities.

    Total fines were £14,400 and the firm was required to pay full HSE prosecution costs of £1,276 and a victim surcharge of £200.

    HSE inspector Jacqueline Western, who investigated the case, said:

    “These breaches of health and safety legislation were entirely preventable.

    Falls through fragile roofs are a common cause of work-related death or personal injury. Poor welfare facilities can cause significant health issues for workers – in this case the concern for operatives on site was exposure to biological hazard from bird droppings, rat infestation and contamination of the site.

    Comprehensive guidance and information is available to download free of charge from the HSE website and it is not unreasonable to expect a company in the business of construction and demolition to be aware of what the law requires.”

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