A building company from Lancashire been fined for failing to provide basic facilities for its workers for almost three weeks.
Inspectors from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that Two Brooks Valley Ltd had failed to provide its employees with a shelter, a way of drying their clothes and a means of heating food and drinks.
The firm, of East Beach in Lytham, was fined a total of £650 and ordered to pay prosecution costs of £1,050 after pleading guilty to breaching the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007.
Blackpool Magistrates’ Court heard that the only facilities available to the four workers at the construction site of a new mini-supermarket in the village of Warton were a chemical toilet and an outside cold water tap.
The conditions, which fell below the welfare facilities required on construction sites, came to light following an inspection on 11 October 2013.
“The four builders were expected to work in cold and wet conditions for nearly three weeks without basic welfare facilities being provided by Two Brooks Valley,” said HSE Inspector Allen Shute after the hearing.
“The working conditions fell well below the minimum legal standards and are no longer tolerated in the 21st century.
“The company should have made sure suitable facilities, such as a cabin and access to hot water, were on the site before it allowed the building work to start. Instead, workers had to face needlessly unpleasant conditions over several weeks and this would have continued if we hadn’t carried out a routine inspection of the site.”
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Source: Health And Safety At Work