NuGen Properties

Contractor fined (a bit) for taking the piss

The lavatory that was supposedly provided for workers on Carlingford Road

On a construction site in London’s Belsize Park the only lavatory made available to workers was not flushable, not plumbed in and was in open view, with no door or curtains.

East Sussex firm ID8 Design and Build Ltd was in charge of the site on Carlingford Road, carrying out a full refurbishment of a two-storey flat into a house, with the erection of front and rear dormers.

A Health & Safety Executive (HSE) inspection of the site on 29th November 2021 found the welfare facilities did not comply with the minimum requirements as set out in Schedule 2 of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015. The toilet provided was not flushable and was in a room without a door or window coverings. There was no sink, no hot water, no soap and no towels – cold water only was available from a pipe in the room next to the toilet.  No rest area had  been set up by the company either.

The company was issued with an improvement notice by HSE requiring the firm to ensure suitable welfare facilities were available at the site but a second HSE inspection on 5th January 2022 found no sufficient improvements had been made.

Both the company and its director, Adeel Bhatti, pleaded guilty breaching Section 33(1)(g) of the Health & Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.

Last week Westminster magistrates fined the company £1,334 and ordered it to pay costs of £1,748.

Adeel Bhatti of Blatchington Road, Hove was fined £416 and ordered to pay costs of £1,622.07.

HSE inspector Emma Bitz said: “Providing suitable and sufficient toilets is an absolute duty and there is no exception to them being provided or made available. The reality is that many of the smaller sites we inspect don’t have basic facilities at all. Inspectors will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action against employers who fail to comply with an improvement notice. Welfare is a fundamental and basic necessity for workers. It is also required by law.”

Got a story? Email [email protected]

Source link

Customer Reviews

Nugen Properties

Customer Reviews

Dan Morten 18/01/22

Easy to work with, Jordan and the team were professional and were easy to communicate with.
Would highly recommend.

Di Hayes 20/08/22

NuGen Properties built an extension to the rear of my property, replacing the old conservatory. I am so pleased I chose this company. From the initial quotation, through the build and after they were professional, polite & well mannered. They kept the site tidy throughout the build and kept me informed of each stage as it happened. The work was finished to a good standard and I have had nothing but compliments on their work. I am already planning for them to come back and do some more work for me in a few months. I would 100% recommend them.

Bradley Eyles 20/06/23

Nugen were fantastic throughout the works they carried out on my property, Jordan provided constant updates and ensure any questions I had were always answered. All works were completed in a timely fashion, on budget and exceptional customer service. Highly recommend!

Sonny Carter-heyward 29/02/22

Brilliant service, renovated my house to make a dream a reality. Thanks guys

sitemanager 22/01/23

Great firm to communicate with fast and good quality work.