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    MAJOR HOMES BUSINESS EXPOSED PUBLIC TO RISK

    Residential property refurb project created carbon monoxide danger

    Willmott Partnership Homes Ltd has today been fined £1,250,000 after members of the public were exposed to carbon monoxide fumes in December 2014 at residential apartments in Wolverton near Milton Keynes.

    Aylesbury Crown Court heard how a number of gas installations were found to be either immediately dangerous or at risk following the report of a smell of gas by a householder.

    HSE investigators found that the company built the flats several years before the incident and in 2014 some remedial was work needed to be carried out on an external wall.

    During the demolition and reconstruction of the wall, many live flues of gas boilers were removed damaged and blocked, exposing the residents to a risk from carbon monoxide poisoning.

    Huge fined imposed on Principal Contractor

    The company as the Principal Contractor had not ensured that an adequate system of work was in place to manage the risks from working around the live flues.

    • Willmott Partnership Homes Ltd – of Incknield Way, Letchworth Garden City pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and was fined £1.25 million and ordered to pay cost of £23,972.33.

    Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Stephen Faulkner said:

    “Risks from gas installations, including those related to carbon monoxide, need to be managed by all during refurbishment.”

    This incident could have been avoided if the company had implemented a safe isolation system for the live boilers.”

     

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