Suspended sentence for contractor after workers pictured barefoot on site

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Magistrates person handed a jailhouse word to a antheral whose failings near crushed workers successful danger.

Manchester Magistrates Court sentenced Mustapha Matib to 16 weeks successful prison, suspended for 12 months, arsenic good arsenic 200 hours of unpaid work.

Matib, of Allerton Road successful Bradford, was besides ordered to wage costs of £5,673 aft the proceeding astir events connected a task successful the Denton territory of Manchester.

The tribunal heard that Matib employed a fig of radical to transportation retired groundworks connected onshore connected Gibraltar Lane, up of gathering a household location connected the plot.

Groundworks started successful 2019, but neighbours raised concerns. Following an inspection by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) successful August 2020, enactment was stopped.

The HSE recovered that Matib had failed to hole a operation signifier program with hazard assessments and method statements detailing however the enactment would beryllium carried retired safely.

He besides failed to name a tract manager with suitable skills, cognition and acquisition to plan, negociate and show the work, the watchdog concluded.

Inspectors identified a “large, heavy and unprotected excavation”, which gave emergence to a “foreseeable autumn risk” said the HSE. The assemblage added that excavations were not shored oregon suitably battered backmost to forestall the hazard of collapse.

Personal protective instrumentality was not provided and immoderate workers were pictured barefoot connected site, according to the watchdog. It said the tract was not adequately secured to forestall unauthorised radical from entering and parts of a neighbouring spot became astatine hazard of illness owed to the work.

Matib pleaded blameworthy to breaching the Health and Safety astatine Work Act 1974.

HSE inspector Phil Redman said: “Inspectors volition not hesitate to instrumentality due enforcement enactment against work holders who autumn beneath the required standards and enactment lives astatine risk.”