Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to the newest version of your browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of Construction News, please enable cookies in your browser.

Welcome to the Construction News site. As we have relaunched, you will have to sign in once now and agree for us to use cookies, so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Firm fined £4k for endangering lives

A construction company has been fined £4,000 after a Health and Safety Executive investigation found it had endangered the lives of its workers and the public.

Saleh Properties Ltd, of North Evington, Leicester, was demolishing a disused factory in Orson Street on 21 April last year when an inspector from the HSE found that the building was at risk of collapse.

Leicester Magistrates’ Court heard workers had removed structural parts of the building without properly supporting it and some were spotted standing on the roof, demolishing parts of the building by hand, working at height without suitable equipment to prevent falls.

The HSE inspector immediately stopped work and served prohibition notices preventing any more activity until a demolition plan was in place, a supervisor was on site and missing safety signs and fencing were installed to ensure members of the public were kept away from the unsafe building.

Saleh Properties Ltd, of 109 Coleman Road, North Evington pleaded guilty to breaching Regulations 9 (1)(a) and 28 (2) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 and two breaches of Regulation 6 (3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.

Inspector Stephen Farthing said: “Saleh Properties showed a horrendous disregard for health and safety which was not only putting workers at risk, but also passing members of the public going about their daily lives. There was a real danger of this building collapsing.

“To run a construction company in this manner is wholly unacceptable and this prosecution shows that HSE will clamp down on small construction companies failing to adhere to basic health and safety regulations.”

The company was also ordered to pay costs of £1,084.

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.