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UNSAFE SCAFFOLDING PROSECUTION

Ineffective inspections fail to detect insecure guardrail

Allerton Dale & Co Limited of Leeds have been fined a £3k after pleading guilty to offences under Reg 26 (2) of the CDM 2007 and Reg12 (2) of the WAH Regulations 2005. The prosecution arose from an incident in October 2007 when an electrician fell 3m through a void on the first floor of a sports pavilion under construction in Bradford.

The injured man was installing fire alarm cable when scaffold guardrails, which were only properly secured at one end, collapsed as he leant over them. He suffered serious injuries, was unable to work for a long period and is still waiting for corrective surgery. Allerton Dale & Co were principal contractors on the site and had failed to carry out adequate safety inspections.

Comment:  Well organised and robust inspection regimes are at the heart of all effective safety management systems. The majority of injury incidents arise from a failure to maintain existing precautions and inspections systems. 

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