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PUBLIC RISK COSTS CONTRACTOR DEARLY

Principal Contractor failed to assess and supervise work

A Principal Contractor has been fined £40,000 after a roller shutter door fell and damaged a market stall in Walthamstow, London in August 2016.

Westminster Magistrates heard that employees were removing a roller shutter door on the boundary of a site on when the door fell onto the pavement, badly damaging a market stall. There were no injuries.

HSE investigators found that there was no risk assessment for the task of removing the roller shutter door.

The regulator stressed the site manager was not on site when the incident occurred meaning that “there was no supervision of the workers”.

Plan, manage and monitor safe methods of working

The investigation also found that the site issues could have been rectified by appropriately planning, managing and monitoring of the construction work.

  • Flex D B Construction Ltd – of Rydal Gardens, London was found guilty of breaching Regulation 13(1) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015, and was fined £45,000 and ordered to pay costs of £4,064 and a victim surcharge of £170.

After the hearing, HSE inspector Sarah Robinson commented:

“Those in control of work have a responsibility to plan, manage and monitor safe methods of working.

There was no risk assessment or method statement for the task of removing this roller shutter door and it is fortunate that no one was injured.”

 

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