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Newport City Council fined after potentially dangerous work

26th June 2013 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Jason Nicholls

Newport City Council has been fined after approving potentially dangerous work at a property in Bettws.

As part of the work, the firm had to move a boiler and replace a flue, which was left in an “immediately dangerous” condition as potentially lethal fumes escaped into the loft space.

Newport City Council pleaded guilty to a breach of Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and was fined £20,000, and was ordered to pay £11,000 in costs.

HSE inspector Dean Baker said: “Newport City Council failed in their obligation to the family to ensure that the contractors they were paying to do the work were able to do it competently and to monitor the work being carried out on their behalf.”

Mr Baker highlighted that the “shoddy and careless work” could have cost a family and young children their lives.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801604245-ADNFCR


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