A London property service company has been fined £165,000 and ordered to pay £19,000 in compensation for carbon monoxide poisoning after a successful prosecution by the Health Service Executive.
Apollo Property Services Group Limited was found guilty at the Old Bailey of breaching section 3(1) of the Health and Safety etc. at Work Act 1974 following an investigation into work carried out on the Abbey Road Estate in Camden, London, during which seven residents were hospitalised with carbon monoxide poisoning.
The company carried out the renovation work on the roof of the estate in February and March 2008; however it was found that they did not have an adequate system in place to identify which of the boiler flues were still in operation and the work continued without any checks being made.
The company were also found to be negligent in ensuring that the renovation work was adequately supervised, making certain that workers were made aware of the risks of working in close proximity to boiler flues or training them in safe working practices.
Judges at the Central Criminal Court fined Apollo Property Services Group Limited £165,000, ordered the company to pay £117,582 in costs and £19,000 in compensation. Residents who suffered an illness because of the company´s negligence will now be entitled to claim compensation for carbon monoxide poisoning in private civil claims.