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    SCAFFOLD OVERTURN PROSECUTION

    Overturning tower causes injury and long term psychological effects

    John Doyle Construction Ltd of Welyn Garden City Herfordshire has been ordered to pay almost £17k in fines and prosecution costs after a scaffold tower overturned on a Liverpool construction site in July 2007.

    The court heard that employees were moving the tower when it overturned and fell down an embankment. A workman removing lifting tackle from the scaffolding fell some 6m. He suffered back, pelvic and chest injuries along with long-term psychological effects.

    Mark Cuff, HSE’s Investigating Inspector, said: “The scaffolding tower was being used during the construction of concrete columns, used to support the building’s floors. It was specifically designed to be lifted as a single unit, but the company decided to partially dismantle it and move it in two parts.

    He added that the company should have “considered the implications of not following the procedures for lifting the scaffolding. Its failure to do so resulted in one of its employees being seriously injured, and it was only by chance that there wasn’t a fatality.”

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