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    PROJECT PC FINED OVER UNSTABLE STRUCTURE

    Poor control of temporary works lands principal contractor with fine

    A Surrey based construction company has been fined after HSE Inspectors uncovered safety breaches on a project involving construction work on a domestic dwelling.

    Reading Magistrates heard how HSE inspectors were carrying out proactive inspection at a domestic property in Sunningdale, which was part of a construction focused inspection initiative across the UK.

    Management found to be lacking

    It was found that the Principal Contractor failed to properly manage the temporary works on site thereby creating a risk of collapse. A number of walls had been demolished and the remaining walls were held up with temporary props.

    • Portico Design and Developments Limited – of Wellington Avenue, Surrey pleaded guilty of breaching Regulation 19(1) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 which requires steps to ensure that structures do collapse due to instability whilst carrying out construction work.

    The company has been fined £18,000 and ordered to pay costs of £16,674.

    Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Adam Wycherley said:

    “Portico failed to properly manage this project and allowed work to continue on site when it was unsafe to do so.

    This case is a perfect example that HSE can and will bring those to justice who fall below the required standard of health and safety practices.”

     

     

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