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Five in court for multiple safety failings


A Lincolnshire poultry firm and four of its contractors have been fined for repeated safety failings after workers were caught on a roof without taking proper safety precautions.

GW Padley Poultry Ltd were prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after inspectors witnessed unsafe working at height while building a poultry shed at the company’s site in Wigtoft, Lincolnshire, in March 2012.

The poultry firm was the principal contractor but had no representatives on site. The poultry buildings were supplied by Harlow Bros Ltd of Loughborough, who sub-contracted the erection of the buildings to K & M Tomlinson Ltd, and Philip Bates.

Lincoln Crown Court was told today (24 July) that HSE visited the site on 13 March 2012 and saw four workers on the roof of a new poultry building. There was no edge protection or scaffolding in place and the height of the gable roof was about six metres.

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