Construction director banned for health and safety failings

28 September 2018 | By CM staff

A construction boss has been banned from being a company director and made to do 150 hours of community service after a series of safety failings were discovered on one of his company's sites.

His business, C J Langs, was also fined £80,000 for the breaches.

Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard how HSE inspectors had visited the site in Sherborne Gardens, London, following an incident in January 2017.

They found evidence of poor health and safety conditions on site including dangerous work at height, a lack of suitable equipment, and untrained operatives working without adequate supervision.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) subsequently found the construction company, C J Langs, failed to plan, manage and monitor the work on site and its managing director Kewie Doherty was responsible for the poor conditions on site.

C J Langs Limited of Pembroke Lodge, Pembroke Road, Ruislip pleaded guilty to breaching regulation 15(2) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 and was fined £80,000 and ordered to pay costs of £6,000.

Doherty of Bashley road, Park Royal, London pleaded guilty to breaching Section 37(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and was ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid community work and to pay costs of £1,673. Mr Doherty was also disqualified from being a company director for a period of 3 years.

HSE inspector Kevin Smith said: “Dutyholders should be aware that HSE will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action against those that fall below the required standards”.


Penalties on company penalizes shareholders who are not responsibilty for safety failures. Penalties should be on the persons in decision making decisions and should include prison terms.
Other countries should consider similar if not heavier deterrent penalties for their failers on work sites.

Gursjaran Singh, 1 October 2018

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