23rd Mar, 2022 Read time 1 minute

Contractor sentenced for dangerous excavation work

A principal contractor has been sentenced after he was found to have supervised unsafe excavation work at a site in Denton that put workers in danger.


Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard how between 2019 and 2020 Mustapha Matib had employed several groundworkers to excavate land at Gibraltar Lane, Denton in preparation for the construction of a family home. An inspection was carried out at the site in August 2020 after neighbours raised significant concerns, work was stopped when serious fall risks and potential collapse were identified.

An investigation by the HSE Executive found that Mr Matib had failed to prepare a proper construction phase plan with the appropriate risk assessments and method statements.

Mustapha Matib of Allerton Road, Bradford pleaded guilty to breaching Regulations 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health & Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. He was sentenced to sixteen weeks imprisonment suspended for twelve months, ordered to carry out 200 hours unpaid work and pay costs of £5,673.

Read the full article at the HSE Executive press office: https://press.hse.gov.uk/2022/03/21/principal-contractor-sentenced-for-unsafe-excavation-work/

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