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Dangerous builder fined £2k

A builder’s “blatant disregard” for the safety of his workers and the public has seen him fined £2,000.

Ian Behagg and his employees were refurbishing houses in Sibthorp Street in Lincoln city centre in February last year when health and safety officials visited the site.

They discovered workers dismantling key sections of a building without using any structural support, endangering both themselves and the public.

Inspectors also found workers were being allowed to work at height without any protection.

Behagg, appearing in front of magistrates in Lincoln, admitted breaking regulations 28(1) and 28(2) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007. He was told to pay prosecution costs of £1,051, as well as the fine.

Stephen Farthing, one of the visiting officials, said: “Mr Behagg’s blatant disregard for health and safety put both workers and members of the public in danger.

“Had the building collapsed, the consequences might have been fatal.

“HSE will continue to clamp down on small construction companies which fail to take the health and safety of their employees and the public seriously.”

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