Welsh housebuilder S&R Builders has been given a two year conditional discharge, after he failed to fence off the site at the Black Prince pub despite being advised to do so by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
According to a report in the local media, the HSE first inspected the site in October 2012 and found the site posed a risk. Stuart Daniels, the contractor who trades as S&R Builders, was given verbal advice to fence the site, but failed to do so. During subsequent inspections, HSE provided the contractor with further warnings.
The contractor was ordered to pay £859.85 in costs and a victim surcharge of £15 after pleading guilty to breaching the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations.
HSE inspector David Kirkpatrick said: "There is a clear legal requirement to adequately fence off construction sites that pose safety risks for inquisitive children, vulnerable people and others. This site posed a risk to the general public and Stuart Daniels was given advice to fence it off shortly after the first inspection, yet he chose to ignore that advice.
"Fatalities have occurred in the past when people have entered inadequately fenced construction sites. With the school holidays underway, this prosecution serves as a timely reminder to others to ensure they prevent such sites from becoming dangerous playgrounds for children."
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