Hotel fine highlights safety sign importance
A hotel has been fined £3,000 after failing to adequately protect building workers at a construction site in Newquay, highlighting the importance of safety signs.
Blue Chip Hotels pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) and Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 at a hearing at Bodmin Magistrates Court.
The company, which failed to provide guardrails on a bridge over an excavation site at Glendorgal Resort during February and March 2008, was also ordered to pay £2,000 in costs.
"Construction companies must make the safety of their workers a priority, not leave it as an after-thought," said Health and Safety Executive inspector Barry Trudgian.
"Simple measures can be taken to ensure the safety of employees on construction sites, such as providing guardrails where necessary and keeping the site clear of hazards such as rubbish."
Mr Trudgian also reminded Cornish companies that 41 employees suffered major injuries after falls from height in 2008-09.
Earlier this week, it emerged that over a quarter of Greater Manchester construction firms failed safety assessments when HSE inspectors turned up announced recently.
Posted by Ben Alexander
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