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Case Study: Demolition contractor receives hefty fines for failing to adhere to safety standards

A Hertfordshire based demolition contractor felt the full force of HSE as they received a huge set of fines of up to £30,000 after being found guilty for a series of safety failings

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Complaints towards the organisation had dated back to March 2014 and once safety inspectors arrived the catalogue of failings found on site included a large presence of asbestos, wrongly recorded demolition arrangements, a variety of dangerous practices witnessed including unsafe height at work, poor use of machinery and a lack of welfare facilities.

The HSE viewed the site as containing a serious risk of injury for its workers and the public. This resulted in prohibition and improvement notices were served immediately to the firm.

No risk assessment had been carried out prior to the HSE’s visit showcasing the importance of being aware of the safety hazards potentially existing on site.

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