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Building Firm Fined After Workers Were Put At Risk During Warehouse Renovation

A building firm has been fined after putting workers working at height at risk during the refurbishment of a former warehouse building in London and for breaching a Prohibition Notice.

Shiva Ltd were using a site-made cradle during the renovation of the five-story building. Cradles are temporary suspended work access platforms widely used in the construction industry, which are commonly suspended from cables and raised and lowered into position by winches.

Magistrates’ Court heard that on and before 26 February 2019, the company put operatives at risk of falling from height while unsafely refurbishing the front façade of the building. Despite being served with a prohibition notice by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) the company continued the work the following day. The company also obstructed justice by refusing to allow the HSE inspector access to the site.

On 10 October Shiva Ltd of Lincoln Tower pleaded guilty to breaching Sections 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, and breaching the Prohibition Notice. They were fined £46,000 and ordered to pay costs of £24,688.10.

Speaking after the hearing HSE Inspector Sharon Boyd said: “Inspectors will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action against dutyholders who fall below the required standards and put lives at risk..."

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