A Kingswinford building contractor has been fined £15,000 after
disregarding a number of enforcement notices from the Health and Safety
During a routine HSE inspection at the former Timbertree Primary
School in Cradley Heath on 14 January 2015, issues with scaffolding and
other work at height practices were outlined.
The regulator sent a letter to Meadowdale Homes, which was not
responded to. It was followed by two improvement notices which were
issued with an order for the company to comply by 3 March.
Neither notice received a response. When HSE inspectors returned to
the site on 3 March, they found none of the matters resolved and further
letters over several months were also ignored.
Meadowdale Homes, which is registered at Swinford House in Brierley,
but trades from Oak Lane, Kingswinford, admitted three breaches of Work
at Height Regulations at Sandwell Magistrates’ Court.
The firm was fined £5,000 for each breach and ordered to pay costs of £1,617 to the HSE.
HSE inspector Gareth Langston said: "Initially this was a perfectly
normal routine inspection, with a few things found that could have been
"The defendant said they didn’t respond to the notices because of
pressure at work. They admitted not being organised and not taking the
matter very seriously, hoping it would go away."