CDM breach lands £12,000 fine
The owners of a Birmingham banqueting suite where a ceiling collapsed, and the builder who installed it, have been prosecuted.
On 20 July 2017, around 400 people were attending a graduation ceremony at Al-Miraj Banqueting Suite, when a large section of the suspended ceiling, which had been installed 17 months earlier, fell onto children and adults.
Investigators from Birmingham City Council found that structural drawings and calculations had failed to be submitted to the council for building regulations approval. Instead the contractor, Peter Lakin, used an unsuitable lighting layout plan to install the new ceiling, with no consideration to the weight that had to be supported.
On the day of the collapse, the fixings to the original suspended ceiling failed because they were overloaded by the new suspended ceiling installed by Lakin.
Contractor Peter Lakin, 73, pleaded guilty to one offence under the Health and Safety at Work Act at an earlier hearing. He was handed a four-month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, and ordered to pay costs of £2,000. Birmingham Crown Court also heard that JMIC, the owners of the banqueting suite, failed to fulfil its duties under the Construction Design and Management Regulations 2015 and was fined £12,000, plus £3,000 in costs.