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COMPLAINT COSTS CONTRACTOR £145,000 IN FINES

HSE prosecute CDM 2015 Principal Contractor over risk without injury

Ikon Construction Ltd of Bristol has been fined £145,000 after the company failed to ensure construction work was planned and managed, despite previous warnings.

North Somerset Magistrates’ Court heard how the firm failed to ensure that the construction phase of nine timber frame town houses was planned, managed and monitored correctly.

Advice has been provided by HSE after the regulator was forced to take action on other projects managed by the company.

Following a complaint from a member of the public HSE identified a number of risks to health and safety. These included “risks from the timber frame development as well as those relating to work at height, plant, temporary works and spoil piles.”

HSE acted after public complaint

Ikon Construction Ltd of Clifton Road, Clifton, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 33(1) (c) of the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 and as the CDM 2015 Principal Contractor under Regulation 13(1) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015.

The company was fined £145,000 and ordered to pay costs of £2191.20.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Kate Leftly said:

“By failing to comply with the law, Ikon Construction endangered the lives of workers at the site, and neighbouring residents of the complex being developed.

Thankfully, a complaint was made by the public which we acted on very quickly and subsequently thoroughly investigated.”

Members of the public can raise a concern with HSE via the HSE website.

 

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