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Stonework company fined £14k for ignoring enforcement notice

A stonework company has been fined for failing to comply with an enforcement notice served by a health and safety inspector, requiring it to guard a stone-cutting saw.

Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard that employees of Tiles & Tops Limited of Croydon had been exposed to the risk of amputation because the blade of an Elenis automatic bridge saw was not properly guarded. An inspector from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) served an Improvement Notice requiring the saw to be guarded after she visited the company in 2017.

At a follow-up visit temporary fencing was seen to have been moved to one side and was no longer offering any protection to people using the saw.

This company had previously been prosecuted by the HSE for failing to control stone dust, a known cause of lung disease.

Tiles & Tops Limited of Neville Road, Croydon, pleaded guilty to breaching an Improvement Notice served by an HSE Inspector citing a contravention of Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and has been fined £14,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1260 and a victim surcharge of £170.