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A construction firm has been prosecuted for carrying out refurbishment work that was unsafe and exposed workers to a risk of serious injury.

An investigation was launched by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the practices being employed by FN Property Limited and found that safety standards were woefully lacking as it carried out an extensive overhaul of a property in Acton between July 2013 and January 2014.

Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard last week (26th March) that the company also did not hold any valid Employers Liability Compulsory Insurance for its workforce – a legal requirement which supports workers in the event of an incident.

The investigation discovered that a basement at the property was excavated with no form of propping or temporary works evident to provide vital support. Later in the project it was found that the risk of falls from height had been poorly managed by the firm.

The HSE served Prohibition Notices to the company twice to stop any work linked to the refurbishment when it visited the property in January 2014. The first visit was the result of a complaint from the site workers about unsafe excavation routes where there was a serious risk of collapse.

FN Property Limited was fined £10,000 along with a further £1,213 in prosecution costs after it pleaded guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.