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9 March 2010 - A Merseyside builder has been fined £1,500 and ordered to pay costs of £1000 after he and another man were spotted working on a pub roof in St Helens without safety equipment.
HSE prosecuted Charles Molloy from Molloy Building Contractors after an inspector spotted the men on the roof of the Black Horse Hotel on Park Road on 18 June 2009.
St Helens Magistrates' Court heard that Mr Molloy, 64, had been hired to replace the ridge tiles on the top of the pub roof. But neither he nor the worker he employed wore harnesses, put up scaffolding or took any other safety precautions.
17 March 2010 - A homebuilding firm has been fined after a 17-year-old apprentice joiner fell from the first floor of a house he was working on. The trainee fell almost nine feet to a concrete floor from the first floor of the new build home through an unguarded stairwell injuring his head and legs.
Stonehaven Sheriff Court heard that apart from a plywood sheet placed over the stairwell entrance there was no edge protection or guards in place to prevent employees from falling through the open stairwell.
17 March 2010 - Two directors of a decorating firm have been prosecuted after a worker was left brain damaged while working at a residential refurbishment. Self-employed Trevor Dawson from Ravensthorpe, West Yorkshire, was working as a painter on a student accommodation refurbishment when the incident happened 15 August 2007.
The HSE investigation found principal contractor Foster Turn-Key Contracts Ltd and Liversedge Decorating Contractors Ltd, contracted to decorate the flats, had allowed work to be carried out that was not adequately planned or supervised and had used inappropriate equipment.
Liversedge Decorating Contractors Ltd pleaded guilty to breaching regulation 4 (1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005, and were fined £2,000. Paul Daniel of Brighouse, and Clive Dewhirst of Dewsbury, both directors of the firm, also pleaded guilty to the same charge. They were fined £1,000 each. Foster Turn-Key Contractors of Huddersfield, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 22 (1) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007. They were fined £2,000. http://www.hse.gov.uk/press/2010/coi-yh-10310.htm?ebul=cons/mar10&cr=12