Builder fined for dangerous construction site

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A Lincolnshire builder has been fined after a spot check by the Health and Safety Executive revealed his construction site was unsafe.
The unsafe construction site at Danesgate in Lincoln

The unsafe construction site at Danesgate in Lincoln

Andre Wilkin, trading as Hillen Projects, was the main contractor on a refurbishment scheme at Danesgate in Lincoln when an HSE inspector visited as part of a national construction safety initiative on 1 March 2011.

A scaffold, which was not being used at the time, was found to have numerous defects and the site itself was very untidy, with numerous slips, trips and fall hazards.

Lincoln Magistrates’ Court heard on the 11th of July that Mr Wilkin was verbally advised about the three issues on the day of the visit and was sent a letter two days later detailing the actions he needed to take to bring the site up to an adequate standard.
The unsafe construction site at Danesgate in Lincoln

The unsafe construction site at Danesgate in Lincoln

A month later, a follow-up inspection was carried out but the defects on the scaffolding, which people were now working on, had not been remedied. A Prohibition Notice was served to prevent further work on the scaffold.

The site was still not organised in a safe manner and the hazards noted during the initial visit were still present. A second Prohibition Notice was served to stop any further construction work until a safe means of access around the site had been established.

Andre Baudouin Wilkin, of Market Place, Caistor, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 27 of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 and Regulation 4 (c) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 for his failings. He was fined £5,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,800.
Workers on the unsafe construction site at Danesgate in Lincoln

Workers on the unsafe construction site at Danesgate in Lincoln

After the hearing, HSE inspector Martin Waring said:

“Mr Wilkin was offered plenty of advice and had the opportunity to rectify the problems that were identified. Instead he chose to continue putting workers at risk.

“It is essential that construction work, particularly work at height and site organisation, is properly planned to ensure that appropriate precautions are in place.”

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  1. This shows that the government is not taking the construction safety lightly. They are serious to reduce the fatalities at the construction sites and are making companies to implement it too.

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