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Contractor fined £52,000 following HSE complaint investigation

Malik Contractors and Engineers Ltd of North London has been fined £52,000 after widespread site safety failings were found by HSE inspectors investigating complaints from the public.

Basildon Magistrates heard the company was working at a site in Corringham, Essex in 2016 when concerned members of the public contacted the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

The company was the appointed CDM 2015 Principal Contractor for the development of a public house and 24 flats.

In response to the public concerns HSE carried out three site inspections. At each visit the inspectors found “numerous breaches of health and safety legislation”.

These included dangerous electrical systems, unsafe work at height across the site, and no fire detection alarm.

There was also no fire-fighting equipment, despite workers sleeping on site.

Compliance with enforcement action is essential

The company was issued four Prohibition Notices and three Improvement Notices requiring action to make the site safe and remedy the contraventions.

Malik Contractors and Engineers Ltd of Neasden Goods Depot, Neasden, London, was fined a total of £52,000, and ordered to pay £4,415 in costs after pleading guilty to an offence under Regulation 13(1) of The Construction Design and Management Regulations 2015.

Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector David King said:

“This case highlights the importance complying with enforcement action. Duty holders have the responsibility to provide their workers with appropriate training and equipment so they can work safely. In this case Malik Contractors failed to do so.

It is essential those responsible for construction work understand they are also responsible for the health and safety of those on and around the construction site, and ensure suitable and sufficient arrangements are in place to plan..”

 

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