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    DIRECTOR AND COMPANY FINED FOR SAFETY BREACHES

    Basic work at height risks and welfare requirements ignored

    A construction company and its director have been fined for failure to comply with a prohibition and improvement notice in March 2016.

    Southwark Crown Court heard how Awad (UK) Ltd, under the control of its director Andrzej Wilk, was issued with a prohibition notice on site where persons were at serious risk of falling and injury from the unprotected edges at the site.

    The court also heard that the company was issued with an improvement notice on 4 April 2016 for failure to provide adequate and suitable welfare facilities at the site.

    Continued to put people at risk

    STAIRS WITHOUT FALL PROTECTION

    HSE investigators found that steps had not been taken to comply with the prohibition notice preventing any work near the open edges nor was action taken to ensure compliance with the improvement notice requiring the provision of adequate and sufficient welfare facilities.

    • Awad (UK) Ltd – of Fourth Way, Wembley, Middlesex pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and Section 21 and 22 of the Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974. The company has been fined £37,500 and ordered to pay costs of £10,000.
    • Andrzej Wilk – of Beresford Avenue, Surbiton pleaded guilty to breaching Section 37 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 ands was fined £7,500 and ordered to pay costs of £10,000.

    Speaking after the case, HSE inspector Saif Deen said:

    “The risks associated with working at height and the requirement to provide adequate welfare facilities are well-known throughout the construction industry.

    In this case, the company and its director failed to comply with HSE enforcement action and continued to put persons at risk of serious injury.”

     

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