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MAJOR CONTRACTOR FINED £640K OVER CO RISK

Simple marking required to control carbon monoxide gas

Wates Construction Ltd  and R J Fitters Ltd have been fined heavily after a project to remove cowls to redundant flue pipes resulted in carbon monoxide (CO) entering a property in December 2014.

Cambridge Crown Court heard how a mistake regarding the correct floor level resulted in a live flue being blocked.

Scaffolding was erected outside a 13-storey block of flats without marked lift levels and the external wall of the building had no markings to identify floor levels or flat numbers.

R J Fitters workers were given a diagram marked with the redundant flues and expected to find the redundant flues among the live flues.

The problem was identified when a CO monitor activated and the homeowner investigated. The damaged boiler was switched off before serious ill-health could occur.

Safe systems should be thought through and robust 

HSE investigators found that both companies failed to manage the risk involved with the project. The defendants could have marked the levels on the scaffold and the levels/flat numbers on the external wall of the building.

A supervisor could have marked the redundant flue pipes to ensure the correct cowls were removed and flue pipes blocked up. The companies could have instead of blocking the redundant flue pipes put a cage around the cowls to ensure they did not fall.

  • Wates Construction Ltd – pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and have been fined £640,000 and ordered to pay costs of £20,862.52.
  • R J Fitters Ltd – pleaded guilty breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and have been fined £30,000 and ordered to pay costs of £10,431.28

 

Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Sandra Dias said:

“It is the responsibility of both the principal contractor and subcontractor to ensure that safe systems of work have been identified and adopted.

When there is risk of death to members of the public, the safe systems should be well thought through and robust.

The risks associated with blocking a live flue could result in carbon monoxide entering properties and potentially killing all occupants”

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