Firm in court after inspection reveals unsafe work at height

A construction company with a record of endangering lives of its own workers has been fined after the Health and Safety Executive found them once again it was putting their own workers at serious risk of falling from the height.

Inspectors from the HSE paid a routine visit to the site on the 15th may 2014 when they found men working on the first floor without any safety measures in place to stop them from falling such as edge protection or other fall prevention measures in place.

A prohibition notice was served by the HSE which meant all work had to be halted immediately. This was the companies ninth notice in ten years!

On the 20th January 2015 the firm pleaded guilty to breaching regulation 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and was fined £5,300 and ordered to pay £1,157 in costs.

After the hearing the HSE inspector had this to say on the incident “AM Construction Ltd has become a repeat offender in ignoring HSE’s advice and failing in its duty to ensure the safety of its workforce. It is extremely lucky that no-one was killed or hurt”.

Regulation 6(3) of the work at height regulation 2005 states: “Where work is carried out at height, every employer shall take suitable and sufficient measures to prevent, so far as is reasonably practicable, any person falling a distance is liable to cause personal injury”

If you think the company you work for or run isn’t complying with this regulation then contact us at Seaham Safety and we can supply your business with Health and safety consultancy.