A developer has been jailed for serious breaches of health and safety regulations, which also led to an inspector being assaulted.
Colchester Magistrates’ Court heard Eze Kinsley attacked the Health and Safety Executive inspector after he attended the site in Essex to follow up complaints by members of the public.
Prohibition notices breached
Upon his first visit to the office block development in Parkeston in February last year, the inspector faced verbal abuse from Mr Kinsley.
He later attended the site with police officers when the assault occurred, for which Mr Kinsley was found guilty at a separate court hearing.
Several prohibition notices requiring an immediate stop to unsafe work at the site were issued but ignored, the court heard.
A prohibition notice issued on April 3 last year was breached within just one hour of being served, the HSE said.
Eze Kinsley, of Edgware, Middlesex, was jailed for 30 months after being found guilty of two breaches of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, to be served concurrently with three 12-month prison sentences after being found guilty of three counts of contravening a prohibition notice.
He was also ordered to pay costs of £5,000.
An inspection by the HSE discovered:
There were no safety measures in place to prevent injury to workers from debris falling from height;and there was a real risk of injury to members of the public using the road and pavement next to the Parkeston House site.
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Source: Health And Safety At Work