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05May94 UK: CONTRACTOR WITH NO TOILETS ON 'GRIM' SITE FINED £1,600 - GB DEVELOPMENTS.

A contractor was fined £1,600 because there were no toilets on one of its sites.Liverpool-based Stephen Bolton and Roy Griffiths, trading as GB Developments, pleaded guilty to three breaches of the Construction, Health and Welfare Regulations.Birkenhead magistrates were told that Health and Safety Executive inspector Neil Jamieson could find no drinking water or washing facilities when he visited the New Brighton site.GB Developments had been on site for six months during construction of eight terraced houses but workers had to make do with only a standpipe at the side of the road.Bolton and Griffiths were ordered to pay £290 costs.Mr Jamieson said after the hearing: 'This heavy fine should be a warning to other employers who are not providing adequate sanitary facilities for their workers.'Conditions on this site were very grim. We are all living in the 20th century now and workers have a right to expect certain standards.'The regulations are there to prevent ill-health in the workplace and the HSE takes a very dim view of anyone who does not provide basic welfare facilities.'A consultation paper on revised site welfare regulations is due out from the HSE this winter.The document will eventually implement European regulations on site facilities in this country.An HSE spokesman said the new laws would be stricter than the current legislation. CONSTRUCTION NEWS