Fines for Lincolnshire Builder

Everyone knows that health and safety laws and regulations must be followed at all times. One builder in Lincolnshire has had a harsh reminder of this after he was prosecuted by the Health and safety Executive after a spot check on his construction site.  The inspectors performing the check found that the site was not safe to work in.

The inspectors discovered a number of issues which they asked Andre Wilkin to address both on the day of the inspections and in a letter sent a couple of days afterwards.  They found that scaffolding had numerous problems, the site was messy and there were many trip and fall hazards.  The letter gave instructions on how Mr Wilkin could improve the site and bring it up to the necessary standard.

Builder Failed to Follow Instruction and the Site was Closed

Unfortunately when the inspectors returned to the site a month later the scaffolding had not be improved despite the fact there were workers using it.  Mr Wilkin was served with a Prohibition Notice which demanded all the work was to cease on the scaffold.  The inspectors also found the site was still in a poor state and therefore they handed out a second Prohibition Notice which stated all work needed to stop.  The Notice would cease once the builder had ensured there was adequate access around the site.

Despite the fact Mr Wilkin was provided with lots of information about the changes he needed to make to the site, nothing was done.  Therefore he was prosecuted and was fined £5,000 after pleading guilty to breaching two regulations; one from the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations and the Work at Height Regulations. Mr Wilkin was also ordered to pay £1,800 in costs.

You Must Closely Manage Your Health and Safety

Construction sites need to be well managed to ensure they remain safe environments to work in. A messy site can lead to slips, trips and falls, and scaffolding which is not constructed properly could lead to serious injury and even death.  Health and safety consultants can help you to prepare for all eventualities with a health and safety audit.  You never know when the inspectors from the Health and Safety Executive may turn up, but more importantly you have a moral duty to your employees to protect their welfare.

The audit health and safety service involved trained professionals coming to your premises and evaluation your current health and safety on the site and your policies.  The audit will determine what is working and what needs working on. After the audit you will receive a full report which will inform you of the changes which need introducing.

You could also benefit from attending health and safety training.  There are a number of nationally recognised health and safety courses which are designed for anyone working within the construction industry, from owners to contractors. Making employees aware of the laws and regulations is an excellent way of working towards creating a strong health and safety culture within your organisation.  Find out more about the health and safety services by speaking to our expert team on 0800 1488 677.

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