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A principal contractor was sentenced for dangerous excavation work.

fined for excavation work

The contractor was sentenced for dangerous excavation work.

A principal contractor has been sentenced to sixteen weeks imprisonment, suspended for twelve months and involved to pay costs of £5,673. And carry out 200 hours of work.

Dangerous excavation work; What leads to the fine?

Between 2019 and 2020, Mustapha Matib employed groundworkers to excavate land at Gibraltar Lane, Denton. The excavation is for the construction of a family home. 

During the work, neighbours around the area raised significant concerns.


After that, an inspection was carried out in August 2020 which necessitated work to be stopped after serious fall risk and potential collapse within the excavations.  

HSE Executive conducted an investigation, revealing that Mustapha Matib failed to prepare a construction Phase plan with appropriate risk assessments and method statements. And he didn’t appoint a site manager with relevant skills to manage the work and ensure the health, safety, and welfare of those carrying out the work or others who may be affected by their actions. In addition, there was no shoring in the excavations that would have to prevent the risk of collapse.


However, Mustapha Matib of Allerton Road, Bradford, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulations 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974.

Read the full article at the HSE Executive press office.


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