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Building firm failed to provide ‘basic facilities’ for workers

March 27 2014

A building firm has been fined £650 for failing to provide basic facilities for its workers for nearly three weeks.

Lancashire firm Two Brooks Valley Ltd was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after an inspection of a construction site for a new mini-supermarket in Warton found workers had no shelter, no way of drying their clothes and no way of heating food and drinks.

Blackpool Magistrates’ Court was told an inspector from HSE had visited the site on Lytham Road on 11th October last year and found the only facilities available for the four workers were a chemical toilet and an outside cold-water tap.

Two Brooks Valley Ltd, of East Beach in Lytham, was also ordered to pay £1,050 costs after admitting to breaching the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 on 26th March 2014.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Allen Shute said that the four builders were expected to work in cold and wet conditions for nearly three weeks without basic welfare facilities being provided by Two Brooks Valley.

“The working conditions fell well below the minimum legal standards and are no longer tolerated in the 21st century,” he said.

“The company should have made sure suitable facilities, such as a cabin and access to hot water, were on the site before it allowed the building work to start.

“Instead, workers had to face needlessly unpleasant conditions over several weeks and this would have continued if we had not carried out a routine inspection of the site.”

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