Reading Magistrates’ Court heard how, after concerns were raised by both workers and members of the public, HSE inspectors made a number of visits to two project sites where In House Design & Build Ltd was the principal contractor and identified a number of serious health and safety failings.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that over a four-month period at the first site, and despite several enforcement notices being served, the company still failed to adequately address the risks. The notices served were for breaches including unsafe work at height, working in unstable deep excavations and inadequate arrangements for planning, managing and monitoring construction work. Further similar concerns were found later in the year at the second site where very poor welfare arrangements were also noted.
In House Design and Build Limited, of Royalty House, Dean Street, London, pleaded guilty to two breaches under Regulation 13 (1) of the Construction Design and Management Regulations 2015. The company was fined £100,000.
Project manager, Neil Crow, of Woodgrange Avenue, London, who had been in charge of operations at both sites, pleaded guilty to two breaches under Regulation 13 (1) of the Construction Design and Management Regulations 2015, by virtue of Section 37 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. He was fined £15,000.
Full costs of £15,000 were also awarded.
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