A building firm has been fined for a catalogue of health and safety failings that included two builders working at height in a raised telehandler bucket.
Additionally, the worksite at The Villas development in Littleborough also suffered from a lack of sufficient welfare, unsuitable controls for work at height and inadequate protection from silica dust exposure.
Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspectors visited the housing development on 7 July 2021 and issued Hoyle Developments Limited, the site’s principal contractor, with a Prohibition Notice for inadequate scaffolding and Improvement Notices for a lack of welfare facilities and insecure fencing.
HSE inspectors had visited the same housing development site four times between November 2018 and August 2021. Hoyle Developments Limited was served with multiple Notifications of Contraventions, Prohibition Notices and Improvement Notices.
The construction firm pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and was fined £120,000 and ordered to pay £3,165.15 in costs at Manchester Magistrates’ Court on 25 January 2023.
HSE inspector Mike Lisle said: “This proactive prosecution demonstrates that HSE will not hesitate to take proactive enforcement action against those that continuously fall below the required standards and demonstrate persistent poor health and safety.
“Health and safety should be an integral part of any business, not an afterthought, and having a clear health and safety policy and construction phase plan in place, before work commences, can assist with ensuring this.”
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