Construction company fined £23k for multiple safety breaches

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A construction company has been fined £23,000 after multiple health and safety breaches were found on a site in Bolton

Venus Properties and Development Limited have been fined after repeated health and safety breaches, giving rise to significant risk, were found on a site in Bolton.

Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard how inspections at the construction site at Manchester Road, Bolton, had taken place three times between October 2019 to January 2020 by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

As a result of these inspections, multiple Prohibition and Improvement Notices were issued to Venus Properties and Development for various health and safety breaches.

Work at height breaches were found on every occasion and other breaches included sleeping on-site, lack of guarding on a metal guillotine, electrical safety, wood dust and safety during lifting operations. Limited

HSE investigation

The HSE investigation found that Venus Properties and Development Limited failed to properly assess, plan and implement health and safety procedures and measures resulting in repeated breaches giving rise to significant risk.

Venus Properties and Development pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and was fined £23,000 with costs of £6,917.40.

After the hearing, HSE inspector Rebecca Hamer said: “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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