Work at height breach costs company £28,000

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The floor in the London house where a firm was fined for work at height regulations breachA construction company has been fined for failing to comply with work at height regulations, placing employees at greater risk of injury.

During an inspection in May 2018 at Dudley House, The Grove, Hounslow, a number of issues in relation to working at height were identified.

These included several unprotected edges where a person could fall a significant distance, Westminster Magistrates’ Court was told.

Also a floor was being removed by a handheld breaker while workers were standing on it. No measures were in place to prevent them falling if the floor collapsed.

An HSE investigation found that this created a significant risk of serious or fatal injury.

STS Constructions Ltd of North London Business Park, London, pleaded guilty to breaching Work at Height Regulations 2005 and was fined £26,666 with of costs of £1,135.

After the hearing, HSE inspector Matthew Whitaker said: “Falls from height remain one of the most common causes of work-related fatalities in this country and the risks associated with working at height are well known.

“Work at height is dangerous and should be planned correctly and the required measures implemented”.

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