Property developer fined for safety failings

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has brought a prosecution against a property developer after a routine inspection found a number of safety failings were putting workers’ lives at risk. Stefano Di Piazza’s construction site in Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, was visited by professionals from the HSE on February 10th 2011 as part of a targeted programme of examinations. The organisation put up a prohibition notice ordering work to stop immediately until the environment was made safe, after it found contractors were working three metres above ground without adequate protection. Mr Di Piazza, of King Edward Road in Waltham Cross, was found to be the client for the development and at a hearing in Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court, he admitted breaching regulations and was fined £10,000 with £5,741 costs. “Developers have a big influence on how work is done safely and they have legal duties as the construction client,” HSE inspector David King remarked. Every year, at least 4,000 cases of major injuries are reported to the HSE as a result of falls from height in the construction sector.

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