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Construction Firm Fined For Putting Workers At Risk

A construction firm in Northumberland Street has been fined for putting workers at risk of falling from height.

Stoneforce Ltd had been hired to carry out refurbishment work on a new retail store which started in September 2011.

In a hearing on 12 February, Newcastle Magistrates’ Court was told that the site had been visited by the HSE Inspector on 14 September 2011 and the construction firm was advised of its legal obligations with regards to managing the site.

In early 2012, complaints were received by the HSE about the site and there were allegations that the company was risking the safety of workers.  These complaints were related to lack of welfare facilities, poor housekeeping and risks of falls from heights.

Upon inspection of the site, the HSE Inspector found several safety failings.  A prohibition Notice was served to the company along with several Improvement Notices.

The Health and Safety Executive Inspector identified numerous failings at the site and also found out that the company was already aware of a number of them.

The company was ordered to pay a fine of £10,000 with an additional £5,195.70 in costs after pleading guilty to breaching Work at Height Regulations.

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