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Firm fined £6,000 over safety rules

Coventry Construction has been fined £6,000 for repeatedly breaking health and safety regulations.

The firm saw an unannounced inspection carried out at its Torrington Avenue premises. These revealed problems including inadequate guarding of drills and guillotines, poor control measures when spraying and storing flammable paint - causing potential fire and explosion risks - and inadequate storage of oxygen and acetylene cylinders. The inspection was performed on November 23, 2009.

HSE inspectors previously advised the company and issued a prohibition notice for inadequate guarding of the drill. Despite this, and information about guarding machinery and proper practices concerning flammable paints being available, procedures were ignored.

At the hearing, the court heard the company had retained the services of health and safety consultants, who had written to them on six separate occasions highlighting various issues, but those concerns were also not addressed. Coventry Construction pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. The company was ordered to pay £8,000 costs.

In an incident 10 years ago a worker at the same site broke all fingers of one hand operating a faulty radial arm drill.

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