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    SCAFFOLDING CONTRACTOR PROSECUTED

    Inadequate scaffold ties causes collapse on busy industrial estate
       

    Linmar Scaffolding Ltd of Cardiff has been ordered to pay over £7k in fines and prosecution costs after a scaffold collapsed in Caerphilly, Wales in 2006.

    Workers on the industrial estate were lucky to escape injury as the untied scaffold overturned minutes before the change of shift at a nearby factory.

    HSE construction inspector Dean Baker said: “investigation showed that this scaffolding was not properly secured to the building, which is a basic requirement for structures of this type. Scaffolding erection is the stock-in trade of this company but they failed to secure the scaffolding using appropriate ties.

    “The scaffolding remained standing for 11 days after it was originally put up, so there was a significant risk of it collapsing while it was in use. Had it collapsed 20 minutes later than it actually did, it would have coincided with a change of shift and there could well have been casualties. CCTV footage shows people walking near the scaffolding just two minutes before the collapse”

    Comment: The majority of scaffold collapses do not cause personal injury, although there is significant potential for multiple fatalities. It is therefore not surprising that both major clients and the scaffold/access industry itself are tightening the screw on training, competence, contractor selection and monitoring the standard of scaffold erection and inspection.

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