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BASIC SCAFFOLDING DEFECTS TRIGGER PROSECUTION

Lives put at risk by contractor use of unsafe scaffolding

Bailey Developments (NW) Ltd has been fined after passing HSE Inspectors spotted workmen on unsafe scaffolding at a barn conversion project in March 2012. The visit was part of a series of on-the-spot inspections carried out by the HSE targeting refurbishment and roof work.

The workmen were on scaffold platforms more 5m above the ground with missing guard rails, deck boards and toe boards to prevent them falling. The scaffolding was also potentially unstable and there were unsafe ladders leaning against it.

Matter of luck that no one injured in a fall

Bailey Developments (NW) Ltd, of Deanfield Drive, Clitheroe, was fined £5,000 after admitting breaching the Work at Height Regulations 2005. The company was also ordered to pay £2,000 in prosecution costs.

Accington Magistrates heard that in addition to the unsafe working found the company had been served with an HSE Prohibition Notice in 2009 for unsafe work at height at a construction site in Preston.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Anthony Polec said:

“Bailey Developments risked the lives of its employees by failing to ensure the scaffolding they were working on was safe. It was only luck that no one was injured in a fall.

Work at height is one of the biggest causes of workplace deaths in the UK, with dozens of fatal injuries every year. It’s therefore vital that construction companies do all they can to protect their workers.”

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