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DIRECTOR FINED DESPITE DISSOLUTION OF ERRANT COMPANY

Two injured when scaffold tower collapsed during dismantling operation

Robert Leslie Butler a director of now dissolved RB & Son Scaffolding Limited has been fined after two employees were injured in a scaffold collapse during dismantling operations.

A 26-year-old man fractured an ankle and heel as he jumped 6m from the scaffold tower at student accommodation in Nottingham, on 24 January 2011. A second employee working at a height of around 10m managed to hang on to the scaffold as it toppled and crashed into the building opposite. He was able to slide down to the ground, suffering minor injuries.

Scaffold tie arrangements made collapse inevitable

HSE investigators found the scaffold tower was not erected to industry standards nor adequatly tied to the building.

Robert Leslie Butler of Nottingham pleaded guilty breaching Regulations 4(1)(c) and 8(b)(ii) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 by virtue of Section 37 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and was fined £3,000 and ordered him to pay costs of £2,000.

At the time of the incident Mr Butler was director of RB & Son Scaffolding Limited. The company has since been dissolved.

After the hearing HSE inspector Kevin Wilson said:

“The two men were extremely luck to survive this incident. There was no safe sequence of work in place to dismantle the tower. The fact the scaffold only had ties at the top meant that as soon as they were removed a collapse was inevitable.

“Work at height should be properly planned and a safe system of work developed. Mr Butler failed his employees in both respects.”

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