The HSE commenced investigations at a plant of Transtore following a complaint from an employee. The HSE found a “complete fl agrant lack of attention” to safety at the site, with no protection for workers involved in the spraying of lead paint, and the absence of any fall arrest system for employees working at a height of two metres on fuel tanks. Employees had been left to devise their own health and safety practices as there was an absence of any training and there were numerous other safety defi ciencies at the site, including a failure to provide adequate maintenance of lifting equipment which was used to suspend half tonne containers. Workers at the site were found to have higher than average levels of lead in their systems. The HSE issued four prohibition notices and four improvement notices, but the director, Brian Nixon, ignored the prohibition notice regarding working at height and instructed employees to continue working. Brian Nixon admitted breach of Regulation 4(1) Work at Height Regulations 2005 for failing to plan and devise a safe system for working at height and Section 33(1)(g) HSWA 1974 (failing to comply with a Prohibition Notice). Mr Nixon was banned from directing a company for fi ve years and fi ned £17k with £9,169 costs. Transtore pleaded guilty to eight separate breaches and was fi ned £70k and ordered to pay costs of £27,507.