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    DIRECTOR FAILED TO COMPLY WITH PROHIBITION

    Precautions not taken to prevent excavation collapse and falling

    A building company its director have both been fined after failing to comply with HSE prohibition notices issued on a construction project.

    Westminster Magistrates how the company under the control of its director was issued with two prohibition notices on the project.

    The prohibitions concerned persons at serious risk of falling from the unprotected edges of an excavation and at immediate risk of injury from the potential collapse of the unsupported excavation.

    No action taken to comply

    HSE investigators found that both parties had failed to take any steps to comply with the HSE notices which prohibited any work near the open edge of the excavation and had not taken measures to prevent dislodgement of material and collapse of the excavation.

    • D & S Building Solutions Ltd – of George V Avenue, Pinner, Middlesex pleaded guilty to two counts of breaching Section 22 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. The company was fined £2,000 and ordered to pay costs of £2,000
    • Daniel Schipor – pleaded guilty to breaching two counts of Section 37 by virtue of Section 22 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. He was fined £2,000 and ordered to pay costs of £2,000

    Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Saif Deen said:

    “The risks associated with work related to excavations are well known throughout the construction industry.

    D & S Building Solutions Ltd and Daniel Schipor failed to comply with prohibition notices and continued to put persons at risk of serious injury.”

     

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