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Developer fined £10k for Manchester site safety fears

A property developer has been fined £10,000 after it was ordered to stop work three separate times over safety fears at a Greater Manchester construction site.

Prestige Homes Construction Company was first issued with a prohibition notice on 7 May 2008, after a routine inspection of the site of a six-bedroom mansion on Stanhope Road in Bowden.

Inspectors ruled the site was unsafe as open edges around the foundations meant there was an increased risk of workers being injured in a fall.

Later, a follow-up visit discovered that scaffolding had been provided and met the necessary standards.

But during another routine inspection on 28 July 2009, large amounts of rubble were found around the site, making access dangerous. A second prohibition notice was immediately issued, forcing the firm to stop work until the site had been made safe.

However, when inspectors revisited the construction site on 13 August 2009, they discovered the scaffolding was in a dangerous condition. There were missing guardrails and toe boards, and gaps in the platforms. The Health and Safety Executive issued a third prohibition notice and took the decision to prosecute as well.

Prestige Homes, of Bury New Road in Manchester, was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay costs of £4,792 after admitting two health and safety offences at Minshull Street’s Manchester Crown Court on 6 May 2011.

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