Worthing Magistrates’ Court has fined two brothers £6,000 each and ordered them to pay legal costs of £1362.
The brothers both from Lewes, East Sussex pleaded guilty of breaching section 37( 1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 after not complying to section 4 1 (c) of the Work of Height Regulations 2005.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) told the court that employees were working on an agricultural building in Lewes in March 2015.
The HSE reported that an Inspector from the HSE had witnessed employees working on a steel scaffold approximately 4-5 metres from the ground.
Additionally, it was noted that steel sheets were being moved without safety nets or an appropriate scaffold. A second visit after an Improvement Notice, revealed that half of the scaffold had been removed and the remainder was half netted.
The court heard that an Improvement Notice had been issued to the building company in 2011 for the same safety issues.
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