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Demolition company exposes people to 'very serious risks'

24th June 2011 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Jason Nicholls

A demolition company has been charged by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after it exposed workers to very serious risks, which may act as a reminder for companies to analyse the effectiveness of their safety signage.

Kane Haulage Ltd was assigned to complete demolition work at Oldfield Trading Estate in Sutton to ready the construction of a new storage facility, but was warned by EDF Energy to pause its operations until electricity supplies were disconnected.

Despite this, the business continued its work and EDF Energy filed a complaint to the HSE, which led to Kane Haulage Ltd  being fined a total of £11,700 as well as £6,936.50 in costs.

HSE inspector Loraine Charles said: "It is almost miraculous that there were no injuries, given the level of risk generated by the unsafe way in which Kane Haulage Ltd carried out this demolition."

This charge follows the Environmental Agency's warning that the gas sector is a high-risk industry, where high standards are expected.ADNFCR-2754-ID-800598881-ADNFCR


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