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    CONTRACTOR ARRESTED OVER WELFARE FAILINGS

    Recalcitrant sole trader failed to attend court hearing

    Principal contractor, Mr Jevgenijs Sondors, has been fined after repeatedly failing to provide minimum welfare facilities on a Burton on Trent residential refurbishment project in 2018.

    Newcastle-under-Lyme Magistrates heard that inspection by HSE found there were no welfare facilities available for workers on the site for at least four and a half months. The site lacked hot water, a toilet, washing facilities and rest facilities.

    HSE served two Improvement Notices and a Prohibition Notice. Mr Sondors installed a toilet in the property which was not connected to the water supply.

    Watering can flushing

    A watering can was used to “flush” the toilet. Water in the property was provided via a single cold water pipe attached to a wall with a bucket underneath. No cleaning or drying facilities were provided.

    • Jevgenijs Sondors (J S Services T/A) – of Burton on Trent was found guilty in his absence of breaching Regulation 13(4)(c) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 and Section 21 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. A warrant had been issued for his arrest and he was arrested, taken in to custody and held for 24 hours before appearing before the Magistrates’ Court. He was fined £300 and ordered to pay full costs of £3,851.06.

    Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Katherine Cotton said:

    “The welfare facilities available for those working at the site fell far below the legally required standard. Construction workers should be provided with a minimum standard of welfare facilities including clean, flushing toilets and cleaning and drying facilities.

    Dutyholders should be aware that HSE will hold to account those who do not comply with health and safety legislation, or who do not comply with enforcement notices served on them.”

     

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