CRS brings you details of some recent HSE prosecutions and enforcement action in the construction sector, and provides you with helpful links to useful sources of relevant advice.
Work at height
5 September 2012 – A Darlington contractor has been fined £12,000 and ordered to pay £3,000 costs after a worker fell 6-7 metres from a house roof. The worker has been left severely brain damaged, in a vegetative state, with no likelihood of improvement.
7 September 2012 – A Leicestershire house builder has been fined £6,500 and ordered to pay costs of £1,836 after two self-employed bricklayers fell more than two metres from a scaffold.
13 September 2012 - Bridgend firm has been fined £12,000 and ordered to pay £4,181 in costs after a teenage worker plunged nearly six metres through a fragile roof at a children’s activity centre.
17 September 2012 – A Monmouth roof refurbishment company has been fined a total of £10,000 and ordered to pay costs of £4,500 after an employee was injured in a six-metre fall from the roof of a house in Cirencester.
20 September 2012 – A Redhill-based construction company has been ordered to pay £210,000 in fines and costs after an employee died following an explosion on a construction site in central London. The explosion occurred following damage to an 11,000 volt live cable within an excavation.
13 September 2012 – The director of a Bromley firm has been prosecuted by HSE after removing asbestos without a licence and deceiving the householders by providing a doctored air test saying the room was safe to re-enter.
The director was given six months’ prison sentence on each charge, to run concurrently and suspended for two years; 300 hours’ unpaid community service; given an electronic curfew between 9pm and 6am for three months; ordered to pay £11,340 to the affected Residents’ Association in Camden and ordered to pay £10,160 costs.