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JOINER DIED IN FALL FROM SCAFFOLD

Incomplete working platform caused death of Blackpool joiner

A inquest has heard how a joiner died after falling 6m from a ‘hop up’ on the third lift of a system scaffold on an Accrington building site in May 2006. The man suffered severe head injuries and died in hospital more than five weeks later.

The inquest heard evidence that the ‘hop up’ was erected by a trainee scaffolder and was “incomplete”. A representative of the scaffolding contractor told the jury “I kept telling Trevor the lads were using the scaffolding and it wasn’t finished. I said to there were no hand rails on it and the job was incomplete and they shouldn’t have been on it.”

Further evidence was given that the scaffold was not marked as incomplete. Contract manager for the scaffolding contractor said:  “There were no scaff tags on the scaffolding”. The inquest continues.

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One Response to “JOINER DIED IN FALL FROM SCAFFOLD”

  1. SCAFFOLD DEATH PROSECUTION OPENS | PP Construction Safety News Desk Says:

    […] case follows a police and HSE joint investigation into the incident. An earlier inquest heard that the scaffolding had “not been erected properly” and that the workman […]