Construction Companies Fined Due to Inadequate Training and Platform Fault
2 construction companies who were working on a new build in Durham have been fined following CDM regulation breaches.
The companies were recently sentenced following the incident which occurred back in 2019. The courts heard how a bricklayer was injured after a working platform failed. An investigation found that a number of components were missing from the working platform. Further to this, the worker who erected the platform had not received adequate training.
The 2 companies were each fined and sentenced separately for CMD regulations breaches. The first construction company pleaded guilty to section 13(1) and second pleaded guilty to section 15(2) breaches of the CDM regulations.
The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 places specific responsibilities on duty holders, including designers and contractors. This in turn makes them accountable for the consideration and management of Health & Safety on construction sites.
After the hearing, HSE inspector commented: “Although the worker did not suffer life changing injuries, there was a potential for more serious injury.
“Those in control of work have a responsibility to ensure that workers are adequately trained, properly supervised, and work activities are appropriately monitored.”