Developer fined for “blatant disregard” for site safety

Grant Prior 12 years ago
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A property developer has been fined after HSE inspectors discovered “blatant disregard” for site safety on a conversion job in Waltham Abbey, Essex.

Inspectors who visited Stefano Di Piazza’s construction site at Sun Street on February 10, saw contractors working three metres above ground without measures in place to prevent them from falling.

A Prohibition Notice was served by HSE to stop all work immediately until safety measures were put in place.

Further enquires found that Di Piazza of Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire, was the client for the development.

He pleaded guilty at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court to four breaches of the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations  and was fined a total of £10,000 with £5,741 to pay in costs.

Di Piazza admitted he failed to appoint a competent principal contractor; failed to take reasonable steps to ensure that work was carried out without risk to health and safety; did not appoint a CDM Co-ordinator and didn’t notify HSE of the construction project to convert two buildings into nine apartments and two retail units.

The principal contractor was fined at a previous prosecution.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector David King said: “Developers have a big influence on how work is done safely and they have legal duties as the construction client.

“They have to appoint the right people, provide information to the team and make sure there are suitable management arrangements and a health and safety plan in place.

“Mr Di Piazza blatantly disregarded the importance of a safe working site, leaving the workers at Sun Street in serious and unnecessary danger.”

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