Bucket Listed In Range Of Safety Failings

A building firm has been fined for a catalogue of health and safety failings that included two builders being lifted into the air in  the bucket of a digger.

A photograph caught the moment a pair of workers stood in the bucket to fit a stone into the top of a new home in Littleborough, Greater Manchester.

It was one of a number of health and safety failings found during construction work at The Villas development.


Health and Safety Executive

HSE inspectors visited The Villas on 7 July 2021 and issued Hoyle Developments Limited, the site’s principal contractor, with a prohibition notice for inadequate scaffolding and improvement notices for a lack of welfare facilities and insecure fencing.

Inspectors had visited the same housing development site four times between November 2018 and August 2021. Repeated breaches were found including a lack of sufficient welfare, unsuitable controls for work at height and inadequate protection from silica dust exposure. Hoyle Developments Limited was served with multiple notifications of contraventions, prohibition notices and improvement notices.


In court

Eventually, at Manchester Magistrates’ Court on 25 January 2023, Hoyle Developments pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. The company was fined £120,000 and ordered to pay £3,165.15 in costs.

HSE inspector Mike Lisle said outside the court: “This proactive prosecution demonstrates that the HSE will not hesitate to take enforcement action against those that continuously fall below the required standards and demonstrate persistent poor health and safety. Health and safety should be an integral part of any business, not an afterthought. Having a clear health and safety policy and construction phase plan in place, before work commences, can assist with ensuring this.”


Picture: Workers standing in the bucket of a digger during construction work at The Villas.


Article written by Cathryn Ellis
11th February 2023


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