The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has successfully prosecuted a Hertfordshire based company after an employee suffered spinal injuries.
Southwark Crown Court fined the construction firm £144,000 and ordered to pay £43,606.15 in costs after pleading guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
The HSE told the court that two labourers were working unsupervised, on an unguarded roof. One of the workers fell approximately 5 metres. His spinal injuries required a three month stay in hospital.
The court heard that after the incident, the HSE discovered a number of safety failings at the site in Golders Green, North London. These included the lack of supervision and the improper removal of asbestos.
The HSE served immediate enforcement notices.
After the case was heard, Andrew Verrall-Withers from the HSE stated:
“This serious incident would have been avoided if scaffolding had been provided. [The company] site documents even identified it was needed.”
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