HSE’s website reports that a construction company and its Managing Director have been prosecuted for operating an unsafe construction site during the conversion of a building in Bollington.
Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court heard how the conditions on the site, where a former pub was being changed into two houses, were so poor it prompted a member of public to complain to the local authority.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspected the site and had to stop all the work on the building as the conditions were so dangerous and putting workers lives at immediate risk. In total HSE inspectors served three prohibition notices and two improvements notices for safety failings that ranges from work at height issues, missing floorings with no protection and health failings including the provision of welfare facilities with running water.
HSE’s inspection also found an extremely unsafe wall on the property that had not been sufficiently supported to prevent it from collapsing.
The HSE investigation found that both the company and its director did not put in place effective health and safety management at the start of the conversion. They failed to notify HSE of the project, appoint a competent principal contractor or ensure they had suitable and sufficient measures to reduce risks to workers and members of the public.