A construction firm has been fined for ‘endangering the lives of workers’ and the public.
Bristol-based construction company Ikon Construction Ltd has been fined for failing to make sure its construction work was planned and managed properly and safely, despite previous warnings.
Failed to plan construction properly
Ikon had not ensured the construction phase of 9 timber frame town houses was planned, managed and monitored correctly, North Somerset Magistrates’ Court heard.
The company had been given previous warnings and advice after earlier action was taken by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) at some of Ikon’s other sites.
A complaint by a member of the public led to an investigation by HSE. This revealed a number of risks to health and safety on site, including risks from the timber frame development and those relating to work at height, plant, temporary works and spoil piles.
Public complaint highlighted safety failings
HSE Inspector Kate Leftly said: “By failing to comply with the law, Ikon Construction endangered the lives of workers at the site, and neighbouring residents of the complex being developed.
“Thankfully, a complaint was made by the public which we acted on very quickly and subsequently thoroughly investigated.”
Ikon Construction Ltd of Clifton Road pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 33(1) (c) of the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 and Regulation 13(1) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015. The company has been fined £145,000 and ordered to pay costs of £2191.20.
Reference: Health and Safety Executive
Date Published: September 16, 2017
Author: Jonathan Brown