Oldham building contractor Select Quality Homes Ltd fined over fall from height risk

Oldham-based building firm Select Quality Homes Ltd has been fined more than £6,500 for safety failings after workers were found to be working at height with inadequate scaffolding protection.

An inspector from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) issued an immediate Prohibition Notice ordering Select Quality Homes Ltd to stop work at a site at Newmarket Road, Ashton-under-Lyne until workers had protection against falling from height during an unannounced site visit in April 2015.

The inspector found edge protection on the scaffolding was absent or inadequate in several places and as a result a prohibition notice was issued. Upon a return visit from HSE to the site the scaffolding was still inadequate.

Manchester City Magistrates Court also heard if Select Quality Homes Ltd had carried out their duty to plan, manage, and monitor the site properly, and subsequently followed the advice outlined by HSE’s Inspector, the defects in the scaffolding would have been resolved without the need for any formal enforcement action.

Select Quality Homes Ltd of Middleton Road, Chadderton, Oldham pleaded guilty to breaches of Regulation 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and Section 22 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, and was fined £6,600 and ordered to pay costs of £646.70.

HSE Inspector David Argument said “This could have been avoided if Select Quality Homes Ltd had taken simple steps to prevent people from falling, such as guard rails, mid rails and toe-boards.

"Prohibition Notices are only served when an Inspector is concerned there is a risk of serious injury. Failure to comply with these notices is a criminal offence and HSE will take robust action when dutyholders do not take action to control serious risk”.

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