A building director has been fined for putting workers at risk of serious injury for more than three months.
Bricklayers, plasterers and a roofer could have suffered skin burns or lead poisoning after Roland Couzens, from Macclesfield, failed to provide any hot water for them to wash off dust and contaminants.
The 67-year-old, a director at CSC Construction Ltd, admitted health and safety breaches at Trafford Magistrates’ Court.
Poor working conditions
He had been overseeing a project to refurbish a row of Victorian terraced houses on Ashton Old Road in Openshaw between May and September 2013, stripping them bare before plastering and fitting them with new kitchens and bathrooms.
But an inspection by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found there was no hot or warm water supply in either the kitchen or bathroom of one of the vacant properties that was being used for the site office and to provide welfare facilities for the workers.
Bricklayers and plasterers were therefore put at risk of suffering skin burns as they were working with cement and plaster but could not use hot water to clean themselves, while a roofer working with lead could have suffered lead poisoning from residues on his skin.
The need for hot water was highlighted in the company’s construction plan, yet Mr Couzens, who visited the site several times a week during the project, failed to provide any until after the HSE inspection.
He was fined a total of £2,000 and ordered to pay £3,102 in prosecution costs after pleading guilty to a breach of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.
Personal injury compensation
Employers have a duty of care to look out for the health and safety of their workers at all times, no matter what the circumstances are. This includes providing adequate welfare facilities such as hot or warm running water.
If you’ve suffered an injury as a result of employer negligence, then you could be entitled to personal injury compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline can help you claim for an accident at work, so don’t hesitate to get in touch – to discuss your claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Source: The Sentinel