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Safety signs highlighted by company fine

13th November 2009 | Health and Safety Signs

A company has been fined £8,000 following an incident highlighting the importance of adequate safety signs. Hughes Brothers Building and Joinery Ltd will also pay £3,517 in costs after it pleaded guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. An incident took place after a wall collapsed on Scott Hutchinson of Golborne, inflicting fractures in his left leg, collar bone and arm. Tom Merry, inspector for the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), claims that the company failed to effectively manage the demolition of the building. He states: "This incident demonstrates how important it is for companies to take health and safety seriously, rather than just hoping for the best." Mr Merry says that the workers performing the tasks were neither qualified or experienced in jobs of this kind, highlighting the importance of taking adequate precautions such as the use of safety signs. Earlier this month, Laing O'Rourke Infrastructure Limited and SGB Services Limited were fined following an incident in which a worker died and another was injured.


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