There are two common misconceptions to be addressed here;
- You have to have an accident to get prosecuted and fined by the HSE;
- Most inspections come through random HSE visits.
This case disproves both of these assumptions. Firstly, the case was prosecuted based on the risk of the breach rather than based on any accident or incident which occurred. Secondly, the visit was prompted by the concerns of a member of the public communicated to HSE through their website which can be accessed here; HSE: raise a concern
Ikon construction had received previous warnings relating to the correct planning and management of construction work but these had not been acted upon. The fine related to risk without injury during the construction of nine timber framed town houses and resulted in a significant fine of £145,000 plus £2191.20 in costs.
Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Kate Leftly said:
“By failing to comply with the law, Ikon Construction endangered the lives of workers at the site, and neighbouring residents of the complex being developed.
Thankfully, a complaint was made by the public which we acted on very quickly and subsequently thoroughly investigated.”
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