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Construction boss fined over risks to workers

The director of a Cardiff construction firm has been fined for failing to take measures to ensure his workers' safety while working at height.

Paul Cartwright, of Llandaff, trading as Cartwright Construction, was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) over safety failings at a building site off Conway Road, Pontcanna, Cardiff.

Cardiff Magistrates' Court heard that during a visit to the site on 28 September 2011, an HSE inspector observed two employees standing on the outer edge of a partially-completed first storey structure.

No edge protection was in place to prevent workers from falling outward from the beams or inwards through the partially-completed floor. There were also no scaffolds, bean bags or nets in place to offer protection.

Paul Cartwright, of Station Road, Llandaff North, Cardiff, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 6 (3) of the Work at Height Regulations 1995. He was today fined £4,000 and ordered to pay costs of £3,027.


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