Construction Firm in court over Health and Safety breach

An Essex construction firm has been fined for failing to be able to provide appropriate sanitation facilities for their workers.

An inspector from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) had visited the companies site in Southend and issued a notice to improve the sub-standard facilities for the workers on site.

Two months after the date of compliance of the Improvement Notice, they still hadn’t brought standards up to an acceptable level.

The firm were fined a total of £2,000 and ordered to pay £1,940 in costs after pleading guilty of breaching section 33(1) (g) of the Health and Safety at work act.

Adam Hills who is a Health and safety inspector said: “Construction workers have the right to sanitary and welfare facilities including having an adequate supply of hot and cold running water.”

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What organisations should be doing

The law says that clients and contractors have responsibilities regarding welfare facilities on construction projects.

Contractors must provide welfare facilities and clients must ensure this happens.

For more information on welfare requirements for construction sites click here

If you require further advice or guidance on site welfare arrangements contact us on 0844 225 0575 to discuss how we can support you.

Source: HSE