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West Cornwall builder prosecuted for neglecting workersÂ’ welfare

19th April 2013 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Ben Alexander

A West Cornwall builder has been prosecuted for neglecting the welfare of his employees at a West Cornwall construction site.

David Lawrance, who was working as a partner for Swiftfix Reinforcement Specialists, was unable to provide adequate washing facilities and rest areas for those operating at a Carbis Bay site between May and July 2012.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Barry Trudgian, said: “The need to provide running water to wash hands and arms is not a trivial matter on a building site.

“The workmen were pouring concrete and when splashed on the skin this can lead to dermatitis if it is not washed off. Apart from being an unpleasant condition, in some cases it can lead to the loss of use of fingers and hands.”

Mr Trudgian explained that site contractors and supervisors have a legal duty to guarantee that adequate facilities are in place for the welfare of workforces when construction work is taking place.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801574156-ADNFCR


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