Construction contractor flouted prohibition notice
Monday 27th February 2017
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Manchester City Magistrates' Court was told that the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) carried out an unannounced inspection of the site in April 2015. It served a prohibition notice on Select Quality Homes after it found no or inadequate edge protection on several parts of the scaffolding.
When the HSE made a return visit to the site, the deficient scaffolding was still in place.
The executive said that if the company had carried out its duty to properly plan, manage and monitor the site, and subsequently followed advice given by the inspector, it could have addressed the inadequate scaffolding without the need for any formal enforcement action.
Select Quality Homes pleaded guilty to breaching reg 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulations, for failing to take measures to prevent workers falling and sustaining an injury, and s 22 of the Health and Safety at Work Act, relating to the prohibition notice.
It was fined £6,600 and ordered to pay costs of nearly £647.
After the hearing HSE inspector David Argument said: "This could have been avoided if Select Quality Homes had taken simple steps to prevent people from falling, such as guard rails, mid rails and toe boards."
Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard last week that LSDM, which has 17 branches in London, was redeveloping a warehouse in Wembley in northwest London when the incident happened.The four workers were installing a ventilation unit when their working platform became overloaded and gave way. A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that neither the work at height nor the lifting operations had been planned properly. In addition to the leg fractures, one worker sustained a broken collar bone.
Balfour Beatty Regional Construction (BBRC) was managing the site at Richmond Park Croft, Sheffield, when the accident happened, Newcastle Crown Court was told. The victim was part of a three-strong bricklaying team that had been instructed to work on the incomplete development. On 2 March 2015 the floor gave way at one side and he fell 2.4 m, along with around 70 building blocks. He sustained multiple fractures to his foot.
The company had failed to recognise its roles as client and the principal contractor under the Construction (Design and Management) (CDM) Regulations 2015.Two of the four men suffered leg fractures; a third sustained a broken collar bone, while the fourth sustained severe bruising of the chest, which required him to wear a body vest. Had LSDM properly managed the working at height and lifting risks, and also provided the right level of trained personnel and supervision to carry out the work safely, the incident would not have happened.
Work was underway to decommission the lift shaft in a building that was being converted into luxury apartments, Southwark Crown Court was told. In January 2011 the victims were working on top of the lift car when the chain that was supporting it broke. It plummeted six storeys to the bottom. One of the labourers, who was wearing a harness attached to the top of the lift car, fell in the space between the car and the shaft and survived with serious injuries. The other worker was not wearing a harness and died instantly.
Manchester Crown Court heard last week that the 45-year-old labourer had been carrying out repair work at Witney Mill, a warehouse in Manchester, when the incident occurred on 23 November 2013.Building contractor Saleem Hussain had been hired by the warehouse owner, who believed him to be competent, to carry out repair and maintenance work on the warehouse roof. Hussain then hired two workers to undertake the repairs.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that bus company Go Ahead London, which operates Peckham Bus Garage, had commissioned an engineering maintenance company to carry out refurbishment work on the fuel tank at the South London premises. This involved cleaning and repainting it to prevent fuel contamination.