Members of the public alerted the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to major safety failings on a construction site in Essex.
Because of their vigilance, London-based construction company Malik Contractors and Engineers Ltd has been fined for safety failings.
Public made complaints
Malik was working on a site at St John’s Way in Corringham, Essex in 2016 as the principal contractor for the development of a public house and 24 flats, Basildon Magistrates’ Court heard.
But during the work, members of the public spotted some safety failings and reported them to the HSE.
This led the HSE to carry out three separate inspections of the site.
The inspectors and visiting officers unveiled a number of safety breaches on each visit. These included dangerous electrical systems, unsafe work at height across the site, and no fire detection alarm. There was also no fire-fighting equipment, despite many workers sleeping on site.
Prohibition Notices issued
The HSE quickly issued four Prohibition Notices (PNs) and three Improvement Notices (INs) on the firm.
Malik Contractors and Engineers Ltd was fined a total of £52,000, and ordered to pay £4,415 in costs after pleading guilty to an offence under Regulation 13(1) of the Construction Design and Management Regulations 2015.
HSE Inspector David King said: “This case highlights the importance of complying with enforcement action. Duty holders have the responsibility to provide their workers with appropriate training and equipment so they can work safely. In this case, Malik Contractors failed to do so.
“It is essential those responsible for construction work understand they are also responsible for the health and safety of those on and around the construction site, and ensure suitable and sufficient arrangements are in place to plan.”
Source: Health and Safety Executive
Date Published: April 7, 2017
Author: Jonathan Brown