BT fined over roadworks errors

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Magistrates in St Helens fined BT a total of £15,500 last week after the telecoms giant admitted breaching health and safety regulations.

St Helens Magistrates’ Court heard how – on February 17 this year – roadworks were being carried out by BT contractors in Church Road, Rainford, when the alarm was raised. The works were considered unsafe due to a lack of barriers and a suitable safety zone to protect pedestrians and workers from passing traffic.

Poor workmanship and the use of incorrect materials to repair a trench were also highlighted during the case, as well as BT’s failure to let St Helens Council know where it was working.

This omission rendered the council unable to co-ordinate BT’s roadworks with other utility company operations or with council road repairs.

BT bosses admitted contravening sections 65, 70 and 71 of The New Roads and Street Works Act 1991.

They also accepted that they had breached St Helens Council’s Permit Scheme.

The company was hit with fines totalling £15,500.

BT was also ordered to pay £900 towards prosecution costs and a victim surcharge of £120.