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UNGUARDED OPENING RESULTS IN £40,000 FINE

Excavation left open directly behind door into building

Westminster Magistrates have heard how RS Construction UK (London) Limited was working at a basement project in London when a visiting HSE inspector found an excavation directly behind the front door.

The door was the only entrance and exit for building site.

The excavation was approximately 3.5 m deep with no means of shoring to support the sides and no edge protection to stop persons, materials or objects falling into the excavation.

In addition, a workman was at the bottom of the excavation. He was instructed by the Inspector to exit the excavation immediately.

Previous enforcement action

An investigation by the HSE found that the RS Construction had received previous enforcement action regarding similar risks on other projects.

Despite prior enforcement the company still failed to ensure suitable and sufficient safe access and egress to and from the construction site and failed to ensure all practicable steps were taken to prevent danger to any person from working in the excavation.

RS Construction UK (London) Limited, of International House, Regents Street, London, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulations 17(1)(a) and 22(1) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015, and was fined £40,000.

This represents £20,000 for each offence and the company was ordered to pay full prosecution costs of £1,486.

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