Health & safety is paramount as company director Vince Wilson has expensively found out.
In a recent court ruling, Mr Wilson and his company, V&S Carpenters and Builders Limited, were each fined a total of £6,000 after pleading guilty to offences under the Health and Safety at Work (Jersey) Law 1989 and the Asbestos (Licensing) (Jersey) Regulations 2008.
Mr Wilson’s fine was awarded as it was felt that he failed to control the works being carried out, resulting in negligence by Mr Wilson in his role as company director.
This case demonstrates the need for all directors and senior managers to understand and acknowledge the extent of their responsibilities under the health and safety at work law, as they may be brought to public account if it can be shown that they could reasonably have taken steps to prevent an offence being committed by their company.
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