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Builders merchant fined for safety breaches

A builders merchant in Birmingham has had to pay more than £8,000 after being found guilty of breaching health & safety regulations.
Cambabest Limited, Bordesley Green, employs 50 staff, and an inspection by Birmingham City Council health and safety officers found badly damaged ladders, unstable wooden stairs and an unprotected 2m high timber store roof.

The company was given a £6,000 fine and told to pay more than £2,000 costs, despite the fact that no actual accidents had occurred.

Emma Hall, prosecuting, said: “The officers were of the opinion that the ladders were in such poor safety condition that they shouldn’t have been available for use. It had the potential to cause a user to have a fall from height. The conditions that officers found were simply not acceptable.”

Cambabest made operating profit of £277,000 in the financial year to September 2008.

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