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Bristol company fined £145,000 for construction site safety failures

Health and safety failures on construction site: £145,000 fine

Health and Safety Executive v Ikon Construction Ltd (2017) North Somerset magistrates’ court, August 24

Statutory reference: section 33 of the Health and Safety at Work, etc., Act 1974 (HSWA) and regulation 13 of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM).

The facts

· The company failed to ensure that the construction phase of nine timber frame houses was properly planned, managed and monitored.

· The company had been given previous advice following earlier action by the HSE.

· A member of the public complained to the HSE. The HSE identified a number of health and safety risks including risks related to work at height, plant, temporary works and spoil piles.

The decision

The company was fined £145,000 plus £2100 costs under section 33 of HSWA and regulation 13 of CDM.

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