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Director put workers at risk

A sole director has been threatened with prison after a joint operation uncovered a series of safety and health fraud offences.

Barry Birch was sentenced to 18 months in jail suspended for two years as well as receiving a disqualification from being a company director for five years after his firm, BBS improvements, were deemed as carrying out unsafe and unnecessary building work.

05 November 2018

A sole director has been threatened with prison after a joint operation uncovered a series of safety and health fraud offences.

Barry Birch was sentenced to 18 months in jail suspended for two years as well as receiving a disqualification from being a company director for five years after his firm, BBS improvements, were deemed as carrying out unsafe and unnecessary building work.

Worcester Crown Court heard that workers were working at height without suitable scaffolding. The fraudulent activity came after a member of the public raised the alarm with Worcestershire Trading Standards whilst work was carried out on a domestic property in Redditch in 2017.

The council sought advices from an expert who examined that work to a rood was unnecessary and added no value. The investigation also identified potential health and safety failings and the HSE were notified.

Birch pleaded guilty to breaching s37 of the HASWA. BBS Improvements were handed a £200 fine for breaching regulation 6(3) of the working at height regulations ‘Where work is carried out at height, every employer shall take suitable and sufficient measures to prevent, so far as is reasonably practicable, any person falling a distance liable to cause personal injury.’

If you have any questions or concerns, please give one of our consultants a call on 01522 533388, or email info@emprocom.co.uk.

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