Darlington Borough Council was fined £28,000 after the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found it had not properly monitored work activities at the building site on Allington Way.The council's failure to ensure the safe storage of trusses was a contributing factor to the accident, the HSE said, along with its failure to manage the volume of materials on site. Vehicle operations had not been planned or managed, and housekeeping was poor.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) visited a site in Preston, Lancashire, in June 2015, where the client, Sherwood Homes, had appointed a principal contractor (PC) to plan, manage and carry out the conversion of a farmhouse and barns into several homes. The inspection found a range of issues, including one labourer working on a poorly erected tower scaffold with no handrail, and another using an angle grinder on the stonework without dust suppression, local exhaust ventilation, or respiratory protective equipment.
Coast & Country Construction and Paul Humphries Architects have been fined a total of £170,000. Exeter Magistrates’ Court was told that in 2016 a concern was raised about dangerous work practices at Manor Lodge Residential Home in Exmouth, Devon, where a large timber frame extension was being built.Inspectors from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) visited the site on 1 March that year and found workers were at risk of falls from height, slips and trips and wood dust exposure.
Dame Judith Hackitt’s Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, commissioned by the government after the Grenfell Tower fire last June that killed 71 residents of a west London local authority high-rise block, found that a lack of clarity on roles and responsibilities and inadequate regulatory oversight and enforcement has led to a “race to the bottom” in building safety practices.
Taylor Grange Developments (TGD) was the client for the project, which involved demolishing and clearing the redundant Kilmacolm Institute and shops, and replacing them with a new building comprising two ground floor rental units, residential flats above and a basement car park. TGD had engaged Allied Contracts to act as the PC, which had appointed Altan Plant Hire to carry out the demolition work.
He sustained serious injuries, including several broken bones in his legs and feet and blood vessel damage, and his right leg was amputated below the knee.MV Kelly was the principal contractor for the Burntwood Business Park development project, where 370 houses were being built. North Staffordshire Justice Centre was told that on 15 October 2015 several tipper trucks were delivering material to the site and the drivers were being directed by workers on foot.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) visited two project locations, where In House Design and Build was the principal contractor, after workers and members of the public had raised safety concerns.It made several visits during 2015, Reading Magistrates’ Court was told, and served enforcement notices on the company for unsafe work at height, working in unstable deep excavations, and inadequate arrangements for planning, managing and monitoring construction work.
More than two years since the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 came into force, the impact of the abolition of the CDM co-ordinator (CDMC) role is still exercising dutyholders.Historically the CDMC “managed” the safety and health aspects of a project, whether in the design or construction phase, inputting advice and guidance throughout.