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West Midlands companies prosecuted for safety failings

24th May 2013 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Jason Nicholls

Two West Midlands companies have been fined for safety failings after the six-tonne roof of a timber-framed classroom collapsed on an employee.

Stafford Magistrates Court heard that CMR Demolitions from Stoke-on-Trent and Thomas Vale Construction of Stourport-on-Severn failed to put temporary support arrangements in place when they demolished the classrooms.

HSE inspector Andrew Bowker said: “CMR Demolitions Ltd made serious errors and the collapse occurred through a lack of planning and understanding of the structural stability of the classrooms.

“The company allowed their staff to work in extremely dangerous conditions. Had they employed a structural engineer this incident could have been avoided.”

CMR Demolitions was fined £9,900 in total and was ordered to pay £6,117 in costs after pleading guilty to breaching the Construction Regulations 2007 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.

On the other hand, Thomas Vale Construction PLC pleaded guilty to a breach of the same regulations, but was faced with a £6,600 fine and £6,117 in costs.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801590170-ADNFCR


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