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Builder fined after leaving premises at risk of collapse

10th February 2011 | Construction Signs

Posted by Nicole Stevens.

A builder has been fined £2,000 after putting his workers and the public in danger by leaving a building at risk of collapse, highlighting the importance of construction signs.

Lincoln-based Ian Behagg was refurbishing a residence in the city in February last year when the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) visited the site.

The city's magistrates' court heard the regulator found that Mr Behagg was allowing workers to remove parts of the building without using temporary supports, putting both themselves and the public at risk.

Employees were also working at height without adequate protection.

In addition to the fine, Mr Behagg was ordered to pay costs of £1,051.

"Mr Behagg's blatant disregard for health and safety put both workers and members of the public in danger," HSE inspector Stephen Farthing said after the hearing.

"Had the building collapsed, the consequences might have been fatal."

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