Roofers, damp treatment experts, electricians, joiners and plasters work were brought in to work at a construction site, and not provided with basic welfare facilities.
Speaking after the hearing, the Inspector from Britain’s Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Inspector said:
“It would have been easy for RNT to reinstate the existing welfare facilities in the building, but instead the firm allowed work to be carried out in grimy and dusty conditions for nearly seven weeks without access to the most basic facilities. It’s totally unacceptable in the twenty-first century to find Dickensian-like conditions. In fact, it’s a legal requirement that workers aren’t treated in this way. The working conditions were archaic – more like they would have been when the building was first erected in Victorian times – and will no longer be tolerated in the 21st Century. RNT should have made sure there were welfare facilities on the site before it allowed the refurbishment project to start. Instead, workers had to face needlessly unpleasant conditions over several weeks.”
Regulation 13(7) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 states: “Every contractor shall ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that the requirements of Schedule 2 (Welfare Facilities) are complied with throughout the construction phase in respect of any person at work who is under his control.”