Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Fine Stacks Up for Firm after Unsafe Handling of Bricks ; Construction Company Had Ignored Repeated Warnings

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Fine Stacks Up for Firm after Unsafe Handling of Bricks ; Construction Company Had Ignored Repeated Warnings

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AC O N S T R U C T I O N firm has been fined Pounds 10,000 after ignoring repeated warnings about the dangerous way it was stacking bricks.

Waterloo Construction (Manchester) Ltd continuously piled building materials on scaffolding without measures in place to stop them falling and injuring people.

The company was served with a notice to move the bricks after the danger was spotted by a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector in November 2013.

Yet on three further visits over the next five months safety officers found that they were still being stored on scaffolding platforms at the building site on Elizabeth Street in Cheetham Hill. The company pleaded guilty to a breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 after failing to comply with a Prohibition Notice at a hearing at Trafford Magistrates' Court. The firm, of Bowling Green Way, Rochdale, was fined Pounds 10,000 and ordered to pay Pounds 1,445 in prosecution costs.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Laura Moran said: "I noticed that the bricks were being stored on the scaffolding platform above the height of the toe board, which meant there was a risk of them falling if they became dislodged. …

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