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Specialist fined £65k for health and safety failings

A construction firm and its director have been fined a total of £65,000 for health and safety breaches.

Andrzej Wilk’s renovation and joinery business Awad failed to act on notices issued by the Health and Safety Executive in March and April 2016.

The HSE discovered work being carried out near unprotected edges that represented a “serious risk of fall and injury”, as well as insufficient welfare facilities on one of the firm’s sites.

Its investigation found that the firm did not take steps to comply with a prohibition and improvement notice.

Awad (UK) Ltd of Fourth Way, Wembley, Middlesex, pleaded guilty to one breach of the Working at Height Regulations and two breaches of the Health and Safety at Work Act at Southwark Court Crown Court.

It was fined £37,500 and ordered to pay costs of £10,000.

Mr Wilk of Beresford Avenue, Surbiton, pleaded guilty to a breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act. He was fined £7,500 and ordered to pay costs of £10,000.

HSE inspector Saif Deen said: “The risks associated with working at height and the requirement to provide adequate welfare facilities are well known throughout the construction industry.

“In this case, the company and its director failed to comply with HSE’s enforcement action and continued to put persons at risk of serious injury.”

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