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Building firm fined after workers were put at risk during warehouse renovation, and for breaching Prohibition Notice

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A building firm has been fined after putting workers working at height at risk during the refurbishment of a former warehouse building in London and for breaching a Prohibition Notice.

Shiva Ltd, a property investment company, and a building firm were working on a renovation of a 5-storey building on Bermondsey Street in the southeast of the capital using a site-made cradle.

Cradles are temporary suspended work access platforms mainly in use for construction works. 

While on the job, The health and Safety executive served the company a prohibition notice to discontinue the activities until the necessary safety is in place to protect workers from falling from heights. But the company neglected the prohibition notice and continued the work the following day. 

The company failed to provide adequate measures to prevent workers from falling from height through unprotected openings while they were refurbishing the front facade of the building. They also obstructed justice by refusing to allow the HSE inspector access to the site.

On 10 October, the company was found guilty through the Westminster Magistrates’ Court and was fined £46,000 and ordered to pay costs of £24,688.10.

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