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Unshored excavations lead to HSE fines for client and contractor

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has successfully prosecuted client WEL Estates and its director Yoel Lew and the firm’s contractor Mr Bodnariu for dangerous working practices on a site in London.

In response to the prosecution, the HSE has urged all contractors and clients to ensure they are aware of the industry requirements.

“Dutyholders should be aware that HSE will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action against those that fall below the required standards,” said HSE inspector Sarah Robinson.

An HSE inspection of a residential building site in Gladesmore Road in 2015 found found poor health and safety conditions on site including dangerous work at height, unshored excavations, and poor welfare facilities.

The HSE has said that the site was issued with numerous prohibition notices, improvement notices and notifications of contravention being served on the contractor and client.

A HSE investigation found that the contractor failed to plan, manage and monitor the work on site, while the client WEL Estates failed to make suitable arrangements for managing a project and the director of WEL Estates had allowed the poor conditions on site.

Bodnariu was sentenced to and was sentenced to eight months imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, 250 hours of community service, and ordered to pay costs of £1,000. WEL was fined £20,000 and ordered to pay costs of £5,000 and Lew was sentenced to 200 hours of community service.


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