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    SMALL BUILDER PROSECUTED FOR UNSAFE SCAFFOLD

    Builder fined after workers on extension put at risk

    Shane Homes Limited, of Hull has been today fined £1,000 and ordered to pay £799 costs at Beverley Magistrates’ Court on 10 March 2010 after using unsafe scaffolding. The court heard that during a routine inspection on a house extension HSE observed working on scaffolding that was unsafe and posed a risk of serious injury.

    No edge protection provided and access ladder too short

    An investigation revealed that employees working at the first floor extension were put at risk of a fall of up to four metres. The scaffolding had no edge protection in place, and an access ladder was too short and not secured.

    Following the hearing HSE Inspector, Geoff Clark said:

    “Falls from height remain the largest cause of fatal and serious injuries in the construction industry. The scaffolding at the Shane Homes construction site was dangerous and people should not have been expected to use it.

    “The law is quite clear and there is much guidance provided by the HSE and industry bodies on the required standards for working at height. We hope today’s prosecution serves as a reminder to companies using scaffolding that they need to ensure it is erected by trained and competent people, and that it is safe to use.”

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