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PostPosted: Sat Dec 16, 2006 2:40 am    Post subject: News item from Contract journal UK Reply with quote

http://www.contractjournal.com/Articles/2006/12/15/53136/Construction+firm+fined+for+building+collapse.html
Construction firm fined for building collapse(15 December 2006 12:00)
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A building firm and its director were fined a total of 180,000 and ordered
to pay costs, plus an interim award of 9,000 to residents displaced when
flats and a bookshop the company was working on partially collapsed in the
middle of the night.

Rosekey Limited (trading as Atwal Builders) and its director Mr Kashmir
Singh Atwal of Bexleyheath, Kent, both pleaded guilty to breaches of Section
3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 at Croydon Crown Court.
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The prosecution arose after an incident on 10 December 2004 at 49 Tower
Bridge Road, London SE1. Rosekey had been contracted to build a new shop and
flats next door. But while digging a trench as part of work to form the
foundations of the new building it undermined the foundations of the
adjoining bookshop.

The following evening, residents noticed cracks appearing in the internal
walls of the property and were given just a few minutes to evacuate the
premises. The buildings subsequently collapsed. The residents of the flats
were left homeless and lost all their belongings, whole the bookshop lost
all its stock.

Rosekey and Mr Atwal were fined 90,000 each, ordered to pay HSE's costs of
14,444, and required to make interim awards of compensation of 3,000 to
each of the three residents displaced from the flats.

Mr Atwal was branded "incompetent and ignorant" by Judge Tanzer, adding that
he had "failed to heed warnings from the Health and Safety Executive" over
previous years at other sites and endeavoured to evade the consequences with
"feeble excuse after excuse".

Investigating HSE inspector Alec Ferguson commented: "Mr Atwal was in
everyday control of the site, but failed to ensure that construction work
was carried out safely, due to his neglect. Although it is fortunate that
nobody was injured or killed, he has caused untold hardship, misery and
distress to those affected by his ill-managed enterprise."

Neil Gerrard
www.contractjournal.com <http://www.contractjournal.com/Home/Default.aspx>

Saturday, 16 December 2006

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