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Merseyside Demolition Firm Fined £5000 After Lives Of Workers Put At Risk

A demolition firm has been fined £5000 and issued a Prohibition Notice over inadequacies in safety.

In August, 2012, the Health and Safety Executive received a complaint regarding the way work was being carried out at the site.  The project which involved demolishing an old office block did not have adequate safety measures in place which put the lives of workers at risk.

The firm had failed to employ safety measures to protect workers from falls from heights.  In addition, it did not have any measures in place to ensure that debris could be safely removed from the floor which had just been demolished.  This did not only put the lives of workers at risk, but passers-by below from sustaining injuries caused by falling objects.

Following an inspection, a Prohibition Notice was issued to cease work until the firm adopted measures to protect the health and safety of workers against falls from height.

Total Demolition UK Ltd which is based in Birkenhead was asked to pay a fine of £5,000 with an additional £2,968 in costs by the court after the firm pleaded guilty to breaching Work At Height Regulations.

According to Jacqueline Western, the HSE Inspector who visited the site upon receiving a complaint, it was obvious that the lives of workers had been put at risk.  She said that she saw workers standing on the edge of the floor which had been demolished and throwing waste materials down below.  Since there was rubble present, workers could have fallen from the building if they had tripped over the rubble.

Upon receiving the Prohibition Notice, the firm installed handrails around the edge of the building.