An inspector from the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) visited the site on 28 February 2013 following complaints from local residents worried about debris falling from upper storeys and of the danger to workers at height.
Eze Kinsley, the developer who was found to be in control of workers at the site, intimidated the HSE inspector who visited. The inspector had to come back with police to serve prohibition notices requiring an immediate stop to unsafe work at the site. Mr Kinsley then assaulted the inspector.
After further reports that work had not stopped, HSE issued a further prohibition notice on 3 April 2013, which was breached within just one hour of being served.
Eze Kinsley, of Edgware, Middlesex, was today prosecuted by the HSE at Colchester Magistrates’ Court on 18th July.
He was given a 30 months prison sentence after being found guilty of two breaches of section 3(2) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, to be served concurrently with three 12-month prison sentences after being found guilty of three counts of contravening a prohibition notice contrary to section 33(1)(g) of the same Act. He was also ordered to pay costs of £5,000.
Mr Kinsley was found guilty of assaulting an inspector from HSE at a separate court appearance.
After the case, HSE inspector Jonathan Elven, said: “Although no one was injured as a result of the woefully inadequate working practices this is nevertheless a serious case.
“The working conditions on this site were truly appalling with absolutely no provision for workers’ safety. In addition, the repeated breaching of prohibition notices – without any attempts to put right the reasons why work had been stopped – put workers and the general public at serious risk.
“Mr Kinsley refused to accept that he had a responsibility to make sure people who worked for him, and any member of the public living or working near his site, were not subjected to unnecessary risks – and vigorously and violently resisted all attempts to make him take actions to protect them.”