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.