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Construction - Recent fines and prosecutions

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Building firm fined after roofer paralysed

A Liverpool building firm was fined £105,000 after a 50-year-old roofer was paralysed when he fell several metres from a ladder in Southport. The roofer has virtually no movement below his neck and will need to use a wheelchair for the rest of his life. A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation revealed that the building firm had failed to provide a risk assessment or suitable equipment to minimise risk.

Two-metre fall proves fatal

A Devon roofing contractor was fined £2,000 and ordered to pay £5,000 in costs after his 58-year-old employee fell two metres from a ladder, suffered internal injuries and died nine days later. The HSE discovered that the ladder was unsuitable for the job and the contractor failed to provide adequate fall prevention, such as scaffolding.

Ignoring asbestos safety costs contractor £50,000

A Surrey building contractor was fined £50,000 and ordered to pay £26,217 for ignoring asbestos safety rules after discovering the toxic material in a Caterham girls’ school but failing to do anything about it. The contractor allowed a variety of workers access to the area with asbestos for more than two weeks, seriously endangering the health of many people.

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