A London developer has been fined after an eagle-eyed safety inspector twice spotted dangerous work at height.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector noticed the failings at the site on Coombes Lane in Raynes Park from the carriage of a passing train.
Peter Alexander Ross, 55, of Putney, was consequently prosecuted as the principal contractor and construction manager for the work to replace a collection of former shops with a new-build mixed use complex.
Lack of safety measures
The HSE inspector first spotted unsafe work on 19 August 2013 as he made his way past the three-storey building on a train. He got off at the next station and headed straight to the site where he immediately served a Prohibition Notice preventing any further work at height until adequate safety measures were put in place.
But the same inspector witnessed near identical activity on 29 October 2013 while making the same train journey.
He again got off the train and visited the site before issuing two further notices preventing any further work until changes were made.
Accident at work
Although no one was injured at the site, Westminster Magistrates’ Court was told that the risk of a fall was significant.
It was the responsibility of Mr Ross to ensure sufficient safety measures were in place.
Workers who suffer injury as a result of their employer neglecting their duty of care towards its employees could make a claim for compensation. This is something Accident Advice Helpline can assist with.
Peter Alexander Ross, of Beaufort Close, Lynden Gate, was fined £16,000 and ordered to pay £1,200 in costs after pleading guilty to single breaches of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007.