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Contractor prosecuted after HSE inspector spots safety failings

28th January 2014 | Warning Signs

Posted by Ben Alexander

A Chippenham contractor has found himself in court after a passing inspector from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) spotted some of his employees working in unsafe circumstances.

The inspector spotted the three men working on a roof in Burton. No safety measures were in place to prevent a fall, and the inspector immediately spotted the warning signs of a serious accident.

He issued a prohibition notice that prevented any more work being undertaken at height until appropriate safety measures were installed.

The contractor, Ian Pitman, was charged with a breach of the Work at Height Regulations 2005. He pleaded guilty, and was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay £735 in costs.

HSE inspector Ian Whittles said: "The dangers of working at height are well known in the construction industry yet poor safety standards and lack of safeguards still exist among some contractors."ADNFCR-2754-ID-801687011-ADNFCR


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