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Rotherham developer given criminal record for repeatedly ignoring HSE warnings

A Rotherham businessman has been prosecuted after he failed to heed HSE advice about poor standards on the site where he was developing apartments.

Mr Mir Baz Khan of East Dean, Rotherham was fined a total of £5,000 and ordered to pay costs of £3,000 costs at Rotherham Magistrates' Court after pleading guilty to breaching Construction (Design and Management) Regulations. The prosecution follows three visits over an eight-month period by HSE inspectors to the site on Fitzwilliam Road, Rotherham, where Mr Khan was carrying out the development of apartments. These visits resulted in the site being closed on each occasion.

Despite advice being given to Mr Khan, he persisted in operating the site without effective site safety management, with a lack of proper toilets and eating facilities as well as serious lapses in the standards of scaffolding, electrical installations and fire precautions, all of which put at risk the safety of workers on the site.

Safety concerns had been raised by others directly with Mr Khan prior to HSE's visit but these, as well as HSE's warnings, went unheeded.

HSE inspector Rob Cooper said: "HSE has gone to great lengths to help Mr Khan but he failed repeatedly to act upon the good advice he was given.

"If he had employed professionals to manage his site he could have avoided the significant fine awarded against him today. This would have made not only good safety sense but also good business sense. As a result of that poor judgement, Mr Khan now has a criminal record."