Trafford Magistrates’ Court has fined a Cheshire based builder £4,000 and ordered to pay costs of £2,495 after pleading guilty to breaches of Regulation 22 of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 and Regulation 7 of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002.
A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation into building work on a disused NHS building in May 2014, revealed serious health and safety failings. The HSE inspection was triggered by a complaint by a member of the general public.
The court heard that access to and from the building was done by a series of ladders and planks with no appropriate scaffold structure.
Sandblasting created dust which affected other workers on site. Additionally, it was found that bricklaying and groundwork was carried out but no washing or decontamination facilities were available.
After the case was heard, HSE Inspector Deborah Walker said: “It is hoped that this case serves as a lesson to all Principal Contractors that they must provide suitable toilets, washing facilities which include hot and cold running water and suitable, sheltered rest facilities for all workers engaged on their sites.”