Construction firm's fine underlines safety sign importance
A construction firm from Lancashire has been fined for a series of health and safety-related offences.
Liam Osborne, a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector, made an unannounced visit to two building sites in Glamorgan belonging to Paddle Ltd in December 2008.
He found that there was a lack of fencing and safety signs to prevent members of the public from entering the sites, while the sanitary and welfare facilities were inadequate.
Paddle pleaded guilty to three breaches of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 at Barry Magistrates' Court and was fined £10,050 and ordered to pay £13,224.45 in costs.
Mr Osborne said: "Paddle Ltd left their workers with the most appalling working conditions - the sort of things you might have expected to see in the 19th century, not the 21st century.
"During my inspection, children were playing nearby and could easily have just walked on to [the site], which at the time was full of construction machinery and excavations."
Last week, waste disposal management firm Biffa Waste Services was fined £280,000 after one of its workers was killed in an accident involving a motorised loading shovel.
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