Dicing with Death – Update: McAleer & Rushe’s Health and Safety Record

Scaffold collapse

McAleer and Rushe site in Milton Keynes where safety failures resulted in death.

Some months ago this blog published an article ‘Dicing with death‘ discussing serious failings and site safety lapses by McAleer & Rushe on the British Land development at 2-14 Baker Street (10 Portman Square).

McAleer & Rushe’s total failure to put in place even minimal safety processes to the rear of the site at 2-14 Baker Street (10 Portman Square) is documented on YouTube and referred to elsewhere on this blog. For example, the company operated a demolition site that was open to the public with no restrictions for many months – and despite repeated complaints.

Indeed, Westminster City Council had to call both British Land (the site owners) and McAleer and Rushe to task over “the most shoddy building site we have ever seen, anywhere”. In the case of 2-14 Baker Street (10 Portman Square), the company saw fit to threaten and intimidate an effected resident and his family rather than put in place the necessary or any measures to ensure that their site was safe – both for those working on site as for those passing by the site. Unconfirmed reports suggest that the quality of the brickwork on that site was so bad that sections had to be replaced as it posed a risk to the public.

On a nearby site in George Street/Baker Street towards the end of 2010 there was an incident at anoth McAleer & Rushe site where part of a brick fell off their site causing damage to a parked car – though it could easily have struck the head of a pedestrian.

A trawl of McAleer & Rushe’s health and safety history shows that the company have failed to adhere to proper Health and Safety practices. Perhaps not surprisingly, there have been a number of deaths on McAleer & Rushe sites in the past. Most construction companies would apply ‘lessons learned’ from health and safety  incidents to ensure that there is no repeat, or worse. Yet McAleer & Rushe failed totally to put even basic health and safety processes in place at the 2-14 Baker Street (10 Portman Square) site. It is damming that British Land, the site owners, failed to act until compelled to do so.

Readers have also suggested that, following McAleer & Rushe loans having been taken over by NAMA in Ireland, McAleer and Rushe are now using other companies to front developments in London’s West End. Readers of this blog have claimed that some of these developments have also attracted criticism and complaints – though these reports have not yet been verified or confirmed.

The health and safety lapses and incidents on McAleer & Rushe sites in the past include;

An incident reported in Construction News (Man killed on McAleer & Rushe Rose Bowl redevelopment) on the 10th February 2010. The Construction News article reports; “A worker has been fatally crushed by a concrete block on the redevelopment of the Hampshire Rose Bowl cricket ground.” and goes on to state, “Philip Carsley, 34, from north Yorkshire, is believed to have been struck by the block during lifting operations at the site, near Southampton“.

In another incident in April 2006 in Milton Keynes: A “tied perimeter scaffold collapsed at a McAleer & Rushe construction site in Milton Keynes. John Robinson, a worker on site, was killed as a result of injuries sustained in the collapse, while two others, Mark Robinson and Ivan Peukov, suffered multiple injuries. McAleer and Rushe of Northern Ireland is being prosecuted both as an employer and as the principal contractor for the construction project at the site, and faces a total of six charges.” The inquest to the death of John Robinson found multiple failings on the part of McAleer & Rushe.

So where is the Health and Safety Executive in respect to 2-14 Baker Street (10 Portman Square)? Who’s looking over McAleer & Rushe’s shoulder to ensure that both site workers and members of the public remain safe throughout the construction period of this development?

Any additional information from readers including insights to McAleer & Rushe, or related or associated companies – including health and safety matters is welcome. If you submit comment or information and do not want this published please state this in your comment. Comments to this blog are published only after approval.

Mayor of London and ALL other cyclists should avoid this site – see video on this link : cyclists and site traffic on British Land site operated by McAleer & Rushe (endangering cyclists, traffic violations and endangement to the public).

About 10 Portman Square | 2-14 Baker Street

10 Portman Square | 2-14 Baker Street Campaign This blog makes no claim of association or representation of the development known as 10 Portman Square | 2-14 Baker Street in London. This blog is a communication tool only and serves to highlight issues affecting members of the public and residents in the vacinity of that site. The development site at 2-14 Baker Street (10 Portman Square) was acquired by McAleer and Rushe in 2005 with a loan from Bank of Ireland. The price paid was £57.2m. Unable to repay the loan, the debt was designated for NAMA. Before NAMA assumed the debt, McAleer and Rushe sold the site back to British Land in 2010 for nearly £30m less than it had paid. The deal appears to have benefited McAleer and Rushe in a number of ways that may not be realised financially by NAMA. This includes a share of the development profits and the awarding of the construction contract to McAleer at a time that their auditors (KMPG) suggest that this company may not be "a going concern". According to McAleer & Rushe's latest available accounts (filed 2011) all the company's debts are "payable on demand" suggesting that they have not met their repayment schedule on their loans. There are ongoing issues at the site at 2-14 Baker Street (10 Portman Square) affecting members of the public and local residents. Members of the public and local residents have been put at risk many times and, too date, neither British Land or McAleer & Rushe appear to have faced no real consequences from a regulatory or legal persective. McAleer & Rushe have resorted to threats, harrassment and intimidation towards local residents objecting to unsafe practices and affected by the practices employed on and around the site. There have been a number of safety failures leading to deaths on other McAleer & Rushe sites in the UK. Full information and supporting evidence is available on request to interested parties.
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