Company fined after failing to provide suitable welfare facilities

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Unsuitable welfare facilities provided by construction firm A construction company has been fined £8,000 after failing to ensure suitable welfare facilities were provided for workers on site.

R & S Builders (Mcr) had been issued with multiple Improvement Notices following an HSE inspection at the company’s site in Stockport in July 2018, Manchester Magistrates’ Court was told.

The company complied with the notices served for fire safety and respiratory risks, but failed to comply with the minimum standards of health, safety and welfare on site.

An HSE investigation found welfare facilities on site had been in a poor condition, with no hot or warm running water, and the company failed to provide evidence of compliance with the Improvement Notice within the deadline.

R & S Builders (Mcr) of Stockport Road, Cheadle, was previously subject to HSE enforcement action in 2017 that included an Improvement Notice relating to the absence of adequate welfare provision at a different site.

The firm pleaded guilty to health and safety breaches and was fined £8,000 with £1,814 costs.

HSE inspector Chris Brookes-Mann said afterwards: “Companies should be aware that HSE will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action against those that fall below the required standards.

“Furthermore, companies that fail to comply with an Improvement Notice in the time allowed can expect to be prosecuted since this is a criminal offence in its own right regardless of the circumstances under which the original Improvement Notice was served.”

Did you know that as an employer you must ‘so far as is reasonably practicable’, provide adequate and appropriate welfare facilities for employees while at work?

This means you must provide such facilities unless it is clearly unreasonable in terms of time, trouble, cost and physical difficulty. Failure to do so could result in subsequent HSE interventions and/or prosecution.

Here at EP Risk Consultancy we can provide training, support and assessments to assist your business in demonstrating  your statutory legal duties are met. Please contact us today for further details of how we can help you.