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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

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    Health and Safety News

    Developer jailed for breaching safety notices

    By David Brown on July 23, 2014

    Developer jailed for breaching safety notices

    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.

    Local residents had been concerned about falling debris and of the danger to workers being left without any protection from falling while working at height.

    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.

    Jail sentence

    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.

    HSE findings

    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.

    Dangers of working at height

    An accident while working at height could lead to serious injury, or even death. If you have been injured in a fall, the most common being from ladders, through roofs or from scaffolding, you could be entitled to compensation.

    Accident Advice Helpline can help if you’re unsure whether you have a claim. Call 0800 689 0500 to have your questions answered today.

    Source: Health And Safety At Work

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    Date Published: July 23, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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