Firm fined after failure to act on regulator prohibition
Select Quality Homes Ltd has been fined for exposing its workers to dangerous work at height after an HSE Inspector issued a Prohibition Notice concerning the risk of falling from height.
Manchester City Magistrates Court heard that an unannounced HSE inspection took place in April 2015. During the visit the Inspector found that edge protection on the scaffolding was absent or inadequate in several places and as a result a prohibition notice was issued.
When HSE to the site the scaffolding was still inadequate. The court heard that the company should have followed the HSE advice and carried out their duty to plan, manage, and monitor the site properly.
Failure to comply will end in “robust action”
Select Quality Homes Ltd of Middleton Road, Chadderton, Oldham pleaded guilty to breaches of Regulation 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and Section 22 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, and was fined £6,600 and ordered to pay costs of £646.70.
Speaking after the hearing HSE Inspector David Argument said
“This could have been avoided if Select Quality Homes Ltd had taken simple steps to prevent people from falling, such as guard rails, mid rails and toe-boards.
Prohibition Notices are only served when an Inspector is concerned there is a risk of serious injury.
Failure to comply with these notices is a criminal offence and HSE will take robust action when dutyholders do not take action to control serious risk”.