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    FAILED SCAFFOLD BOARD WAS IN DAMAGED CONDITION

    No change found in working practices following previous prosecution

    Sibbasbridge Ltd has been prosecuted after a workman suffered severe injuries when a scaffold board failed at a site in Warwickshire in July 2010.

    The 62-year-old man was standing on a single board when it failed causing him to plummeted over 2m leaving him straddling a joist below. He fractured his pelvis in two places.

    HSE investigators found that the scaffold board was damaged and edge protection was not adequate for work at height nor had any equipment to lessen the impact of a fall been installed. A suitable risk assessment had not been carried out and a method statement had not been shown to workers before the incident.

    Clear guidance available on working at height

    Sibbasbridge Ltd, of Evesham Road, Stratford-upon-Avon, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and was fined £12,000 and ordered to pay £3,353 costs.

    HSE inspector Paul Thompson said after the hearing:

    “Mr Stuart suffered very serious injuries in this incident, which would not have happened if Sibbasbridge had changed its working practices following a previous prosecution for a similar failing.

    A damaged scaffolding board collapsed underneath the man, causing him to fall into an area that hadn’t even been boarded out. The company did nothing to prevent falls from the scaffolding plank or reduce the risk of serious injury in the event of a fall.

    Clear guidance on working at height is available from HSE and it is regrettable that the company failed to follow this.”

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