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FAILED HSE SITE INSPECTION ENDS IN COURT

Injury not required for accountability over poor safety standards

Skyline Building Services Limited has been fined £20,000 following a preventative inspection by HSE in February 2016. The company was responsible for managing work on a homes project in Wilmslow, Cheshire.

During the HSE inspection poor standards of safety were found including uncontrolled hazards arising from work at height and a lack of good order e.g. tidiness. In particular:

  • Edge protection – was missing or removed, rendering workers vulnerable to falls from height; and
  • Debris – was not removed from the site but tipped at the rear, burying the footings of scaffolding and making access unsafe.

Manchester Magistrates Court heard that the supervision by management on the project was inadequate, resulting in a failure by all workers to deal with the risks present.

During the inspection, a Prohibition Notice was served immediately halting all work on site except to make good the defects relating to falls from height, and an Improvement Notice was served to clear excessive waste.

Scant regard for safety of workers

Skyline Building Services Limited of Foundry Gate, Wigan pleaded guilty to breaches of Regulation 18(1) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 and Regulation 4 (1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.

The company was fined £20,000 and ordered to pay costs of £4095.60.

Speaking after the hearing HSE Inspector Ian Betley said:

“Numerous failings were found on this site, including serious risks of falls from height and site tidiness that could have resulted in major injuries or even death.

Skyline Building Services Limited showed scant regard for the safety of the workers they were responsible for and it was fortunate that nobody was seriously injured or killed.”

 

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