Developer fined after ignoring safety notices
A developer from Oldham has been fined after being found guilty of ignoring two formal warnings issued by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
Mahmood Khokhar was given two improvement notices by an HSE inspector on June 1st 2009 in relation to a 1.8-metre-deep excavation site in Chadderton.
He was ordered to use the appropriate safety measures to prevent it from collapsing and to erect fencing and warning signs to ensure that people were not at risk of falling into it.
However, Trafford Magistrates' Court heard that the 29-year-old failed to comply with either notice, therefore creating a significant danger for locals in the residential area.
Mr Khokhar admitted two breaches of Section 33(1)(g) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and was fined Ã‚Â£2,000 and required to pay costs of Ã‚Â£1,725.
"There was a well-used path and an alley along the side and back of the property so there were plenty of passers-by," said Laura Moran, an HSE construction inspector for Greater Manchester.
"On one visit, I spotted a child's ball in the bottom of the pit. I dread to think what could have happened if they'd tried to fetch it, as the sides of the trench were starting to collapse."
Construction company bosses are advised by the HSE to use warning signs on their sites, particularly when dangerous machinery is being operated.
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