BT fined for Northwich town centre safety breach

BT fined for town centre safety breach

The safety breach in February.

BT fined for town centre safety breach

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BRITISH Telecom has been fined more than £3,000 after dangerous road works outside a doctors’ surgery in Northwich town centre.

The works took place on the footpath by Watling Street Medical Centre without any safety fencing to protect the public.

BT admitted three offences in relation to safety breaches in Watling Street when it appeared at Chester Magistrates’ Court on June 26.

Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWAC) brought the prosecution when a BT subcontractor was spotted breaching safety legislation by a highways officer in February this year.

Magistrates heard that a wagon with a grab arm was being used to collect earth from the pavement without the area of work being properly fenced off with guard rails.

The court was told that it was of particular concern to the prosecution that the works were taking place directly outside the medical centre.

BT pleaded guilty to inadequate guarding of the works, not creating a safe route for pedestrians and not putting out signs to alert and control the traffic.

A spokesman for Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWAC) said: “The council will not hesitate to take action over unsafe street works and any company found breaching the safety legislation in the future is at risk of prosecution.”

BT was fined £3,300 and ordered to pay £1,200 costs.

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12:02pm Sat 5 Jul 14

hectorplain says...

Well, Well, Well.

A robust risk assessment with appropriate mitigating action would very easily have prevented this unpardonable violation.

I shudder to think what the consequences would be of that great uncontrolled swinging load coming into contact with the delicate cranium of an innocent bystander who may have been passing by at the time.

This is a rare example of where cones should be used.

The cones should be placed around the hazard to warn others of the dangers of men working.

It's not rocket science after all.
Well, Well, Well. A robust risk assessment with appropriate mitigating action would very easily have prevented this unpardonable violation. I shudder to think what the consequences would be of that great uncontrolled swinging load coming into contact with the delicate cranium of an innocent bystander who may have been passing by at the time. This is a rare example of where cones should be used. The cones should be placed around the hazard to warn others of the dangers of men working. It's not rocket science after all. hectorplain
  • Score: 9

8:43pm Sat 5 Jul 14

hectorplain says...

I expect that the fine levied (together with costs) will be recovered by increasing my phone bill.

Its always the innocent who pay the price in this world.

Still mustn't grumble.

At least no one was brained by that huge swinging load. (Yes the one on the back of the lorry)
I expect that the fine levied (together with costs) will be recovered by increasing my phone bill. Its always the innocent who pay the price in this world. Still mustn't grumble. At least no one was brained by that huge swinging load. (Yes the one on the back of the lorry) hectorplain
  • Score: 11

1:36pm Wed 9 Jul 14

seansgirlxx says...

To avoid confusion please be advised that this vehicle has nothing to do with J Stubbs & Sons of Northwich who also work on the BT contract. This grab wagon belongs to a company called DDK who are based in Manchester as can clearly be seen in the second photograph, which wasn't printed in the newspaper!
To avoid confusion please be advised that this vehicle has nothing to do with J Stubbs & Sons of Northwich who also work on the BT contract. This grab wagon belongs to a company called DDK who are based in Manchester as can clearly be seen in the second photograph, which wasn't printed in the newspaper! seansgirlxx
  • Score: -5

9:49pm Thu 10 Jul 14

hectorplain says...

seansgirlxx wrote:
To avoid confusion please be advised that this vehicle has nothing to do with J Stubbs & Sons of Northwich who also work on the BT contract. This grab wagon belongs to a company called DDK who are based in Manchester as can clearly be seen in the second photograph, which wasn't printed in the newspaper!
It was nothin' to do with me m'lud, 'onest.

I wozent even there!
[quote][p][bold]seansgirlxx[/bold] wrote: To avoid confusion please be advised that this vehicle has nothing to do with J Stubbs & Sons of Northwich who also work on the BT contract. This grab wagon belongs to a company called DDK who are based in Manchester as can clearly be seen in the second photograph, which wasn't printed in the newspaper![/p][/quote]It was nothin' to do with me m'lud, 'onest. I wozent even there! hectorplain
  • Score: 13

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