HSE fines site manager for failing to comply

A construction site manager failed to comply with orders issued by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and has been fined.

Haider Zaman, 53, was trading as Pride Builders when inspectors noticed poor risk management relating to working at height, structural stability and asbestos and issued three notices demanding he stopped working on the refurbishment of two residential buildings.

Another two notices were issued relating to health and safety training and asbestos awareness.

When returning to the site a week later, HSE staff noticed that Mr Zaman had failed to comply, with further issues relating to working at height also noted.

He was fined £1,280 with costs of £1,500 and a £15 victim surcharge after admitting breaching the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.

“Construction is a high risk industry and if workers are not to die or suffer life-changing injury, it is essential that everyone meets basic and sensible standards of safety,” HSE inspector David Kirkpatrick said.

Falls from high locations are one of the most common causes of injury and fatal accidents in the construction sector, while asbestos is the leading reason for work-related deaths in the UK.

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