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Danger with demolition work

Graham Marshall - Saturday, February 02, 2013

A company trading as Total Demolition UK Ltd, has been fined £5,000 with £2,968 costs after pleading guilty to a breach of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.

As shown in the image below, the lives of workers were put at risk as they demolished an old office block in Liverpool.

The workers can be seen clambering over rubble on the partially demolished building with no safety measures in place to stop them falling if they tripped and lost their balance.

After receiving a complaint about the work being carried out by the firm, an inspector from the UK Health and Safety Executive (UK HSE) issued an immediate Prohibition Notice ordering Total Demolition UK Ltd to stop work at the site.

Speaking after the court case in Liverpool, HSE Inspector Jacqueline Western said: "When I arrived at the site, it was immediately obvious that workers were in danger of being seriously injured if they fell from the building.
Two of the employees were throwing waste materials from the edge of the second floor so could easily have fallen if they had tripped over the rubble".


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