A property developer and landlord has been fined GBP 10,000 for putting his employees at risk of work injury.
Lahrie Mohamed of South Woodford, London, was found guilty of breaching health and safety law at two sites in Waltham Forest.
In both cases, he failed to appoint a competent contractor and take reasonable steps to put arrangements in place for the jobs to be managed safely, increasing the risk of work injury and injury compensation claims.
At the Chingford Mount Road site open flames were used with no fire extinguishers on site, while guard rails were found to be missing from scaffolding in some parts and power tools were being used in areas where cables were likely to be damaged.
"As a long-standing property developer and professional landlord who owns over 100 properties in and around Waltham Forest, Mr Mohamed should have had the knowledge and resources to ensure the work was carried out safely and legally," commented Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector Sarah Snelling.
It follows news that a Cambridgeshire retailer has been fined GBP 1,000 for failing to have to compulsory insurance necessary to protect employees.