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April 26, 2012

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Poor site management was a result of recklessness

Said the inspector: “The construction site at Sylvan Hill was a potential death trap, with scant regard for safety, or employee welfare. Even though there were no reported incidents at the site, serious breaches were routinely committed, which could have resulted in death or serious injury.

“The work was underpinned by poor management and appallingly inadequate paperwork – total recklessness, according to the court.”

Enforcement notices were also served on the client Steadykey Ltd, but prosecution was not deemed appropriate for the level of its failings.

Inspector Verrall-Withers concluded: “It is important that those companies that do not invest in protecting their workers do not gain a financial advantage over those that do comply with their duties.”

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11 years ago

Surely the gravity of the ofences coupled with the patheitc excuses given in mitigation indicates that senior individuals from the company should have been charged pursuant to s7 or s37 of HSWA.