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WINDOW INSTALLATION WORK PUT PUBLIC AT RISK

HSE warning to those who “under quote” at expense of safety

Ideal Glazing (Euro) Ltd has been fined £36,000 after carrying out work in the West End of London without measures to prevent the workers falling 8m and after a part of a window fell onto the public area below between 19th and 20th January 2015

Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard that HSE carried out an investigation into the work after a member of the public provided photos of workers leaning out of window openings 8m above the ground and video showing part of a window falling to the ground missing a nearby pedestrian.

The company failed to provide equipment e,g. scaffolding, which would have prevented workers and windows falling. None of the workers had received formal training and no one was appointed to supervise the work. The risks associated with the work had not been sufficiently assessed.

The court heard the company had failed to invest in equipment for working at height and that the health and management system relied entirely on the managing director, Rashinda Joshi, despite his lack of relevant training and experience.

Bank and HSE warnings went unheeded

Ideal Glazing (Euro) Ltd of Southall, Middlesex, pleaded guilty to breaches of Regulation 6(3) and 10(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and was fined £36,000 and ordered to pay £1,386 in costs.

The court heard the company had previously been given advice by HSE in connection with work at height and that an audit by the company bank had previously identified a range of relevant health and safety failings.

The court heard that neither written warning was heeded by the firm.

HSE inspector Andrew Verrall-Withers commented after the hearing:

“Ideal Glazing (Euro) Ltd put the lives of workers and members of the public at risk. People should be able to walk down a pavement without being exposed to the risk of a heavy window falling 8m onto them.”

The company’s standards were appalling, and this was particularly unacceptable as previous warnings had been blatantly disregarded.

This is a case where equipment such as scaffolding was not provided. It’s vital that law abiding companies have confidence they will not lose work to others who under quote them because they take shortcuts at the expense of safety.

Thanks to the member of the public who alerted us, we were able to avoid the workers or any pedestrians being injured or killed. We encourage people to report unsafe work to us so we can act to protect workers and the public”.

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