Public complaints lead to fine for construction company
Following objections from the public, a construction company has been fined for failing to comply with health and safety requirements.
London-based Malik Contractors and Engineers Ltd had been working at a site in Essex last year, when a number of complaints were made by members of the public to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
The company is the main contractor for the development of 24 flats and a public house. Three inspections were carried out by HSE, and each visit revealed breaches of health and safety regulations. Among the breaches were a lack of a fire detection alarm, unsafe working at height and dangerous electrical systems.
Four Prohibition Notices were issued by HSE, along with three Improvement Notices. Basildon Magistrates' Court fined the company £52,000 and ordered it to pay costs of £4,415. The company had pleaded guilty to a breach of Regulation 13(1) of the Construction Design and Management Regulations 2015.
David King, an HSE inspector, said that the case had highlighted how important it was to comply with enforcement action. Workers have to be provided with suitable equipment so they can work in a safe manner, which for some companies will include the provision of PPE. The inspector also stated that adequate training must be provided.
Malik Contractors had failed in this duty of care to their workers. The inspector added that it was crucial that those who were in charge of construction should understand their responsibility to the safety of workers and those who are around the site.