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Compensation can be claimed by employees working for a Hertfordshire-based property developer after an inspection found their lives had been put at risk.
An investigation by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) revealed Stefano Di Piazza's construction site in Essex were working three metres above ground without safety measures in place to prevent them from suffering fall accident injuries.
The employer pleaded guilty at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court to four breaches of the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations and was ordered to pay £10,000 in damages.
Mr. Di Piazza admitted he had failed to appoint a suitable principal contractor and did not take steps to ensure work was carried out without risking the health and safety of staff members.
Speaking after the legal proceedings, HSE inspector David King said: "Developers have to appoint the right people, provide information to the team and make sure there are suitable management arrangements and a health and safety plan in place."
Posted by Chris Stevenson
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