Dangerous window installation results in fine
A window manufacturing and installation company has been fined £36,000 after carrying out work in the West End of London with no measures to prevent the workers falling eight metres and after dropping part of a window onto the public area below.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) carried out an investigation into the work after a member of the public provided photos of workers leaning out of window openings eight meters above the ground. They also provided a video showing the workers dropping part of a window which fell to the ground and missed a nearby pedestrian.
The company had failed to provide equipment such as scaffolding which would have prevented the workers and window falling. None of the workers had received any formal training and no one was appointed to supervise the work.
Furthermore, the risks associated with the work had not been sufficiently assessed, and no safe system of work was put into place. The court heard the company had failed to invest in equipment for working at height and had a health and safety management system which relied entirely on the company’s managing director, despite his lack of relevant training and experience.
The company pleaded guilty to breaches of Regulation 6(3) and 10(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and was fined £36,000 and ordered to pay £1,386 in costs.