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Refurb firm’s unsafe excavation and lifting operation

A construction firm has been prosecuted for failing to ensure the public and workers were kept safe around an excavation and a lifting operation. The company also failed to provide adequate welfare facilities.

Refurb firm’s unsafe excavation and lifting operation

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) issued Toft Construction with two prohibition notices when inspectors found an unsupported, deep excavation in the front garden of a domestic property in Salford, Greater Manchester on 23 June 2016. 

The company, which was refurbishing the property, had failed to put in sufficient controls to prevent the public from accessing the excavation area. The inspector also found that a steel beam was being lifted unsafely. 

On closer inspection, the HSE found that Toft Construction had not provided any lavatory or washing facilities for workers on the site. 

The company was issued with an improvement notice but failed to comply with its requirements to provide suitable and sufficient welfare facilities. 

Toft Construction, of Three Acres Lane, Cheadle Hume, Cheshire, pleaded guilty to breaching ss 2(1), 3(1) and 33(1) (g) of the Health and Safety at Work Act at Greater Manchester Magistrates’ Court. The company also pleaded guilty to breaching regs 15(11) and 2 of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015.

Toft Construction was fined £20,000 and ordered to pay £5,177 in costs.



Nic Warburton is acting editor, IOSH Magazine

 Nick Warburton was previously acting editor of IOSH Magazine. Before that he was editor of SHP and he has also worked on Local Authority Waste and Recycling and Environmental Health Practitioner

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