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 Firm fined after failings in Newcastle City Centre

Firm fined after failings in Newcastle City Centre

3 March 2013 Email this article

A construction firm has been fined for exposing workers to risks of falling from height and other safety failings at a site in Newcastle city centre.


Stoneforce Ltd, of Hertfordshire, was hired to carry out work on the refurbishment of a new retail store in Northumberland Street in September 2011. 


By February 2012, a number of complaints about the site were received by the HSE, including allegations of risks relating to falls from height and concerns about poor housekeeping and a lack of welfare facilities. These prompted a further inspection on 21 February 2012.


The HSE investigated, and several safety failings were found, one so serious that a Prohibition Notice was served relating to a risk of falls from height from the edge of the roof. A number of Improvement Notices were also served the following day relating to a lack of suitable and sufficient welfare facilities and for failing to keep the site in good order.


Following the prosecution, the firm was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay £5,195.70 costs. 


After the hearing HSE Inspector Andrea Robbins said:"Numerous failings were found on this site, including serious risks from falls from height that could have resulted in major injuries or even death. 


"There was also a lack of suitable and sufficient welfare facilities on the site, with the only sanitary provision being four portable toilets, which were not well lit and were not kept in a clean and orderly condition. There were also no suitable washing facilities in the toilet area. Such facilities are a basic human right."