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    Poor planning and control over work at height put workers at risk

    Home builder, O’Brien Properties Limited, has been prosecuted after a workman fell from scaffolding during construction of a timber-framed building in Millerston, Paisley on 3 February 2012.

    The family-owned company has 40 years experience in private residential developments in the South East of England and throughout Scotland.

    Paisley Sheriffs Court heard that sole trader Alan Wilson was contracted to supply labour to carry out all joinery work when he fell from scaffolding between timber panels.

    Mr Wilson worked for the defendant periodically for over an eight year period and was erecting a timber frame to construct a block of two storey properties.

    Failures in planning, organisation, control, monitoring and review

    HSE investigators found that the company failed to make and put in place suitable arrangements for the effective planning, organisation, control, monitoring and review of the work at height being carried out on the timber frame of a new build property by a contractor engaged by them.

    They had also failed to sufficiently assess the risk to the safety of the workers on their sites.

    O’Brien Properties Ltd, Brighton Road, Crawley, West Sussex, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act (1974) and were fined £7,500.


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