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Construction site dangers lead to company fine

23rd August 2013 |

Posted by Ben Alexander

An investigation that led to several hazards being unearthed on a construction site in Kent has resulted in a large fine being issued to a building company.

A hearing at Canterbury Magistrates Court found that the development site in Ramsgate, run by Ecobuild Homes Ltd, was visited by inspectors from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) on seven occasions in five months.

It found a number of issues relating to fire safety, the accumulation of rubble, debris and bricks falling into a neighbouring property, and site security, which resulted in Ecobuild Homes Ltd being served with three prohibition notices to halt specified work activities.

Two improvement notices setting out required improvements to safety standards were also issued, while the site manager was served with a prohibition notice because the operation of the site was far below minimum legal safety standards.

The company, which failed to appear in court on two occasions, was fined a total of £40,000 and ordered to pay £10,035 in costs for failing to comply with an Improvement Notice and breaching the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007.

HSE inspector Caroline Penwill said elements of the site were a "shambles" and posed a significant danger.

She added: "If HSE visits a construction site and has to issue prohibition notices preventing further work, that in itself shows that there is a very real and immediate risk to workers there, and possibly to members of the public."ADNFCR-2754-ID-801632894-ADNFCR


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