BT has been fined £25,000 after Transport for London (TfL) prosecuted the telecommunications giant for serious lapses in safety, which put the public at significant risk in Lambeth.
It is the second time in 12 months TfL has taken the utility company to court for unsafe working practices as part of its commitment to tackle poorly managed, or unsafe roadworks.
The prosecution follows unsafe work carried out on Streatham Hill at the junction of Leigham Court Road, Lambeth on 1 March. BT failed to properly sign and guard the working area, enabling pedestrians to walk dangerously close to heavy plant and machinery.
On 4 October, BT pleaded guilty to the unsafe execution of streetworks with significant risk to public safety at Westminster Magistrates Court and was fined £25,000 – the highest fine imposed to-date in London for safety breaches – and ordered to pay a further £2,764 in court costs.
Since 2010, BT has been fined a total of £67,270 for various streetworks offences