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Worker stopped with forged CSCS card on Berkeley Homes site

A worker who attempted to gain access to a major London regeneration site with a forged CSCS card was foiled by an eagle-eyed site manager.

Berkeley Homes assistant site manager at Woodberry Park in Hackney, Richard White contacted CSCS when he became suspicious of a card presented by a female cleaner.

The card was found to belong to a male worker and was a dry lining CSCS card, rather than one for a cleaner.

Mr White said: “The card looked a pasty colour so I checked with CSCS and the number on the card was registered to a different person so she was immediately refused entry to the site.

“Some sites are probably more strict than others but I have a duty of care to the company and staff. You can’t just take for granted that they are real and if we have any suspicions we will investigate them. If I had let her on-site and something had happened I would have been responsible.”

The Woodbury Park site is part of a major 20-year regeneration of Hackney which will involve a mix of over 4,500 social rented, private and shared ownership homes being built in partnership with Berkeley Homes, Manor House Development Trust and Genesis Housing Group.

At the time the forged CSCS card was identified, between 100 and 150 workers were on-site.

The worker had come from a cleaning agency who were contacted by Mr White to advise them that one of their cleaners had attempted to gain unauthorised access to the site.



Readers' comments (1)

  • Well done Richard; how often do these fraudsters flash their CSCS card and get on sites.
    As an industry we have worked hard to implement the CSCS card scheme, and the argument of whether the scheme is right or wrong is well past.
    What we need now is a lot more people like Richard who are willing to go the extra mile to ensure their site is as safe as possible, without fraudsters and cheats.

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