Firm fined after failing to assess risk during refurb job

A property development company has been fined £8,000 after it failed to “adequately assess” the risks involved in a refurbishment project, despite receiving a previous enforcement action.

On 7 June last year, Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspectors visited a Daneets Development Ltd site in Bond Street, Blackpool, taking enforcement action in relation to a number of issues, including general fire precautions, slips and trips, a failure to provide welfare and work at height.

The HSE also flagged issues with use of personal protective equipment (PPE), electrical safety and potential exposure to asbestos.

During a follow up visit to the site two weeks later (21 June), further breaches of law relating to work at height and building safety were identified.

An HSE investigation found the Manchester-based firm “did not have the organisational capability” to comply with its duties under the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015. The watchdog also found that lessons from previous enforcement action in 2017 had been ignored.

Daneets Developments Ltd of Glenville Close, Cheadle (Cheshire) pleaded guilty to breaching the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 Reg 13, and was fined £8,000.

The company was also directed to pay costs of £2,744 at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court on 31 August 2022.

Commenting on the case, HSE inspector Jackie Western said: “Those in control of work have a responsibility to devise safe methods of working and to provide the necessary information, instruction, and training to their workers in the safe system of working.

“Companies should be aware that HSE will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action against those that fall below the required standards.”

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