Ignoring Previous Enforcement Action

 

A property development company has been fined for failing to adequately assess the risks involved in a refurbishment project despite having been subject to previous enforcement action. 

 

The HSE inspectors visited a Daneets Developments Limited site in Blackpool on 7 June 2021 during which enforcement action was taken in relation to general fire precautions, slips & trips, a failure to provide welfare, work at height, use of personal protective equipment, electrical safety and potential exposure to asbestos.  A follow up visit to the site was then made on 21 June 2021 where further breaches of law relating to work at height and building safety were identified.  An investigation by HSE found the company did not have the organisational capability to comply with their duties under CDM Regulations 2015. 

 

It also found that lessons from previous enforcement action in 2017 had been ignored.  Daneets Developments Limited pleaded guilty to breaching the CDM Regulations 2015 and was fined £8,000 and ordered to pay costs of £2,744 at Blackpool Magistrates Court on 31 August 2022.  Those in control of work have a responsibility to devise safe methods of working and to provide the necessary information, instruction and training to their workers in the safe system of working.  

 

Companies should be aware that HSE will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action against those that fall below the required standards.

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