A SHEFFIELD property developer has been fined after a building partly collapsed sending tonnes of rubble through a neighbouring shop roof - just missing two shop workers.
Ghulum Rasul had been ordered to stop demolition work at Steetley Chambers, between Stoke Street and Effingham Road, Attercliffe, in 2008, amid safety concerns.
However, Sheffield Magistrates’ Court heard he restarted work in late 2010, breaching the Prohibition Notice and further weakening the building.
And on February 4, last year, the gable end of the two-storey building collapsed, sending 10 tonnes of brick and rubble crashing through the roof of the fishing tackle shop next door, narrowly missing the shop staff.
Rasul admitted safety failings and was fined a total of £6,000 and ordered to pay costs of £2,418.
Inspector Dave Bradley, from the Health and Safety Executive, which brought the prosecution, said he was astonished there had not been fatal or serious casualties.
He said: “This was an extremely-serious incident with the potential to kill several people in the shop as well as pedestrians and people in cars on Effingham Road at the time. The fact no-one was injured was pure good fortune.
“Had Mr Rasul employed a competent engineer, temporary supports could have been designed and installed to prevent a premature collapse of the structure.
“He had been warned of the dangers, advised on what to do and yet he recklessly ignored this advice and by doing so put the lives of many people at risk.
“Demolition is a high-risk activity that needs to be carefully planned - from start to finish - to ensure it doesn’t result in the uncontrolled collapse of a building or parts of it. The controls needed are well known in the industry and the costs involved are not prohibitively expensive when balanced against the risks.”