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London construction company fined for health and safety failings

A construction company has been fined after failing to manage health and safety on-site.

Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 19 October 2017, MG Corporation Ltd received three prohibition notices after serious breaches of legislation were found on-site during construction work carried out at Barn Hall, Station Road in Wickford. The company was found in contravention of Work at Height Regulations 2005 and The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015.

A follow-up inspection on 13 November 2017 found further working at height breaches. A further prohibition notice was served, although some of the work at height issues on site demonstrated a breach of the original notice. An additional inspection carried out on 5 January 2018 found further work at height breaches.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found MG Corporation Ltd had not taken steps to comply with the original prohibition notice and had failed to plan, manage and monitor construction work under their control.

MG Corporation Ltd of Sydney Road, London was found guilty of breaching Regulation 15(2) of The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 and 33(1)(g) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. The company has been fined £250,000 and ordered to pay costs of £4,790.40.

After the hearing, HSE inspector David King said: “Companies should be aware that HSE will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action against those that fall below the required standards, and especially when enforcement notices are breached.”

Notes to Editors:

  1. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is Britain's national regulator for workplace health and safety. We seek to prevent work-related death, injury and ill health through regulatory actions that range from influencing behaviours across whole industry sectors through to targeted interventions on individual businesses. These activities are supported by globally recognised scientific expertise.
  2. Further information is available about the legislation referred to in this case.
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Updated: 2018-12-11