A glazing contractor has been prosecuted after staff were forced to work at height without a safety system in place, leaving them at risk of falling up to six metres.
Intercity Glazing Systems, based in Drighlington, Yorkshire, was visited by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) during work at a building in Carlisle Road, Bradford, in May 2009. The inspector found that the company did not properly supervise or manage staff working at height.
Some equipment, including tower scaffolding, was not being used safely, and guardrails were also missing from some parts of the working area.
The system of work used by the company to install glass above the ground floor was so unsafe that the work was stopped when HSE served Prohibition Notices on the company.
Intercity Glazing Systems pleaded guilty at Bradford Magistrates' Court today to breaching the Work at Height Regulations 2005. The company was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay costs of £2,538.