Ian Whitehurst successfully prosecutes HSE case

July 7, 2020

Ian Whitehurst from Exchange Chambers, instructed by Chloe Ward of Fieldings Porter on behalf of the Health and Safety Executive, has secured a successful prosecution against a company accused of breaching the Working at Height Regulations.

The investigation arose from an accident at a school on the Wirral in 2016 which led to two workers suffering serious injuries whilst working at height on the site.

In his sentencing submission, Ian Whitehurst pointed out how a lack of meaningful supervision by the defendant led to workers operating unsafely. He submitted that if proper and effective supervision had been in place and deployed, then the accident would not have happened.

The Defendant company was given a total financial penalty of £49,706.80 (fine £17,600 and costs £32,106.80) to be paid within one year.