Building companies have once again been reminded that they may face injury compensation claims if they do not ensure the safety of workers on their sites, after a Newquay-based company was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
Bluechip Hotels was fined GBP 3,000 in total and ordered to pay GBP 2,000 in costs after HSE inspectors found that employees were being asked to work at height without suitable precautions being taken.
Despite the company having already been served with two improvement notices, a follow-up visit found that work was continuing in the same way.
"Simple measures can be taken to ensure the safety of employees on construction sites, such as providing guardrails where necessary and keeping the site clear of hazards such as rubbish," commented HSE inspector Barry Trudgian.
The HSE recently said that more than one-quarter of construction sites it visited in the Greater Manchester area last week failed safety inspections.