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    HSE PROSECUTE OVER POOR SILICA DUST CONTROL

    Principal contractor failures led to gross exposure to RCS

    MY Construction & Carpentry Limited (MY Construction) has been fined £40,000 after failing to plan, manage and monitor work under its control, leading to gross exposure of workers to Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS) in July 2016 in North London.

    Westminster Magistrates heard that HSE inspectors made a proactive site inspection at the refurbishment project and found workmen in a basement area had been dry cutting some 250 bricks to shape them for use in bay windows.

    HSE investigators found that failures in health and safety management had led to numerous issues on site.

    Information, controls and supervision lacking

    Workers were not informed of the dangers of inhaling RCS dust, they were not made aware of the correct controls, and the work was not supervised by a competent person.

    • MY Construction & Carpentry Limited – of High Street, Waltham Cross pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 13(1) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015. The company was fined £40,000 and ordered to pay costs of £2313.10.

    Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Prentiss Clarke-Jones said:

    “Over 500 construction workers are believed to die from exposure to silica dust every year. It is the biggest risk to construction workers after asbestos.

    This number can be reduced by those in control of the work through adequate planning, managing and monitoring of the work on site.

    MY Construction has been repeatedly warned by HSE about the dangers of silica, and has today been held to account for failing to take adequate action to protect the health and safety of its workers.”

     

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