Construction trio nets £526,500 penalty for failure to plan work at height
3rd May 2018
Wessex Building Services was the main contractor on site at Mountbatten Leisure Centre when the Wessex Insulation employee was installing insulation to new ventilation ductwork on the leisure centre's roof on 17 December 2015. The worker fell through the fragile structure and sustained six fractures to his back. He has since made a full recovery.
A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found PC Dantherm, Wessex Building Services and Wessex Insulation had collectively failed to plan and manage the work at height risk around roof lights. They were sentenced at Portsmouth Crown Court on 30 April.
Wessex Building Services of Wessex House, Shaftesbury, Dorset pleaded guilty to breaching reg 4(1)(a) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005. The main contractor was handed a £425,000 fine and must pay £6,646 in costs.
Wessex Insulation of Albany Road, Weymouth, Dorset admitted breaching reg 9(2) of the same regulations. The subcontractor must pay £70,833 plus £6,646 in costs.
Dantherm of Windmill Business Park, Clevedon, Somerset, pleaded guilty to breaching reg 13(1) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015. The Dantherm Group, which designs and manufactures energy efficient equipment for mobile and fixed heating, cooling, drying and ventilation applications, was fined £30,666 and must also pay £6,646 in costs.