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A marine and industrial contractor based in Kent has been prosecuted after serious safety flaws were found at a site.

European Active Projects Ltd were taken to court by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after workers were exposed to dangerous working conditions.

The prosecution comes following an incident in February last year.

Images of a man working on stacked containers with no fall preventions in place were taken by a concerned member of the public. These were then sent to the HSE who launched an investigation.

It found that the man in the photos had been working at a height of nine metres above ground level to one end and higher, above the sea, at the other. The containers were being prepared for a fire drill for a client.

There was no fall protection in place and nor was the worker wearing a personal protective equipment (PPE) safety harness.

This was despite the HSE investigation finding that a risk assessment had been conducted. An approved working method for the task had also been provided stating that workers wearing fall arrest harnesses would secure the containers from a mobile boom.

Instead, workers used unsecured ladders to get onto the containers and secure them.

The failures were highlighted to the HSE just months after the firm was issued with written advice over another incident. In December 2013, it was advised to improve its procedures and supervision for lifting operations.

European Active Projects was fined £15,000 after pleading guilty to a breach of working at height regulations.

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