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Alexson fined over HSE risk charge

Wolverhampton-based construction firm Alexson Homes has landed a fine of more than £6,000 after three workers were put at risk during a roof demolition in February.

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that no measures were in place to stop three men, including two company directors, from falling 5m as they worked on the roof of a former children’s home in Brereton near Rugeley.

The probe also found other people on the building site were endangered as materials were being dropped from the roof in an uncontrolled manner. It recommended that scaffold edge protection and a rubble chute should have been installed.

At Strafford Magistrates’ Court, Alexson Homes admitted breaching two sections of the Work at Height Regulations 2005. It was fined £6,600 and ordered to pay costs of £900.

“Alexson Homes was extremely lucky that no-one was injured when working in such unsafe conditions,” said HSE inspector Martin Overstall. “Building firms must plan a safe method of working, before starting to work on a site.”

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