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Gwent property company and director in court for safety neglect

A Gwent-based property development company and its director have been fined for putting the lives of workers at serious risk through unsafe roof work.

Formaction Ltd was installing a new roof on a unit at The Gulf Works, Penarth Road, Cardiff in June 2013, when a member of the public spotted the dangers and informed the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) of their concerns.

An immediate inspection by HSE found three people working on a fragile pitched roof between five and eight metres above ground, without any measures in place to stop people falling through the roof, or off its edges onto the concrete below.

Formaction Ltd and director Derek Bawn were prosecuted at Cardiff Magistrates’ Court today (4 April) for a series of breaches over work at height regulations.

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