Firm risked construction site accidents

A North West construction firm has been fined for ignoring repeated health and safety warnings.

Waterloo Construction (Manchester) Ltd continued to stack bricks on scaffolding without measures in place to stop them falling and injuring people below, despite several warnings from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Accidents with scaffolding are among the most common causes of serious and fatal injuries on construction sites in the UK, so employers need to do everything they can to ensure the safety of workers.

Repeated warnings

A HSE inspector first noticed the potentially dangerous and life-threatening hazard on a routine visit to the building site for 10 new terraced houses on Elizabeth Street in Cheetham Hill, Manchester, on 14 November 2013.

The bricks were being stored on the scaffolding platform above the height of the toe board, meaning there was a risk of them falling if they became dislodged, so she issued a Prohibition Notice requiring the bricks to be stored at ground level or for brick guards to be used.

But on three return visits to the site up until April 2014 the inspector found the bricks were still being stacked on scaffolding platforms.

Waterloo Construction (Manchester) Ltd pleaded guilty to a breach of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 after failing to comply with a Prohibition Notice. It was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay £1,445 in prosecution costs.

Construction site accidents

Unfortunately construction site accidents are commonplace nationwide.

If you’ve been the victim of such accidents, it’s important you claim compensation
to cover distress caused and loss of wages in the immediate aftermath, so getting in touch with Accident Advice Helpline should be your first port of call.

How much you get will depend on the type and severity of your injury.

Employers have a duty of care to make their construction sites as safe as possible. Using the correct equipment, providing adequate training for the task at hand, and carrying out regular risk assessments are all part and parcel of this.

Source: Manchester Evening News

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