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    FATAL FALL FROM TOWER SCAFFOLD

    Major electrical contractor fined after tower scaffold fall in school

    EDF Energy Contracting Ltd has been ordered to pay over £184k in fines and prosecution costs at a hearing in Chichester Crown Court after pleading guilty to breaching the Work at Height Regulations 2005.

    The prosecution follows the death of an employee, James Gordon, whilst he was dismantling a mobile tower scaffold in the sports hall of Worthing High School in West Sussex.

    The scaffolding had been used to carry out high-level maintenance to lighting and heating appliances within the sports hall.

    The top working platform had been removed and Mr Gordon was on an intermediate platform when it appears that he stumbled. There were no handrails to save him and he fell more than 5m, suffering fatal head injuries.

    HSE Inspector Russell Beckett said:’It is important that all tower scaffolds are erected and dismantled correctly and that guard rails are fitted so as to prevent falls.”

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