• Total Access Higher Safety
    Turner Access Chipmunk Data

    SCAFFOLDING CONTRACTOR FINED FOR DOUBLE FAILURE

    Unsafe pavement scaffolds posed risk to public and workers

    ASW Scaffolding Limited has been fined for dangerous scaffold installations at sites in Oxfordshire.

    Workers and passing members of the public alike were placed at risk because of faults with the structures, which included missing ties, bracing and vehicle impact protection.

    Oxford Magistrates heard that the first unsafe scaffold was installed in Wantage, in July 2012, to support the refurbishment of a retail unit.

    When HSE inspectors visited the site they found a lack of ties and missing ledger bracing, which are designed to provide support and rigidity. The scaffold was also lacking vehicle impact protection, which was vital at the location in question because the scaffold was on a very narrow street and could easily have been struck by a passing car. This in turn could have caused it to fall into the street.

    HSE worked with Oxfordshire County Council to highlight the faults because the scaffold did not comply with a street licence that had been granted for the structure.

    In March 2013 a passing HSE inspector witnessed unsafe activity on another of the company scaffolds in Oxford. On this occasion an employee was working on a partially completed structure with no guard rails or other safety features to prevent a fall. A Prohibition Notice was immediately served to stop any further work until it was made safe.

    Faults immediately obvious from a simple check

    ASW Scaffolding Limited, of West Hagborne, south Oxfordshire, was fined a total of £15,000 and ordered to pay £5,438 in costs after pleading guilty to single beaches of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and the Work at Height Regulations 2005.

    After the hearing, HSE Inspector John Caboche commented:

    “The faults we identified at the Wantage installation should have been immediately obvious from a simple check after it was erected, which is vital to ensure that everything is in place and as it should be.

    The scaffold lacked rigidity and could have been hit by a passing vehicle, putting workers and passers-by in danger had it come down.

    With regard to the Oxford structure, the standards for safe working at height are well-known within the scaffolding industry. The failings here were compounded by a senior member of the company’s management seemingly turning a blind eye. He was on site at the time but did nothing to prevent the scaffolder working in this way.

    Both scaffolds fell short of the required safety standards and posed a clear risk.”

    Latest Construction Health and Safety News

    HSE ENFORCEMENT WEEKLY UPDATE 26th APRIL 2017

    hselogo1Prosecutions and enforcement notices weekly update and analysis

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 27th April 2017

    FATALITY: HOMES PROJECT IN SCOTLAND

    Circumstances of construction worker death remain unclear

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 24th April 2017

    HSE OPEN FEE FOR INTERVENTION CONSULTATION

    hselogo1Regulator proposal for revised FFI disputes process

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 24th April 2017

    LIFTING OPERATION WITH EXCAVATOR CAUSED DEATH

    Groundworker fatally injured when struck by concrete drainage cover

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 24th April 2017

    WATER FIRM FINED £1.8M AFTER WORKER DROWNED

    Workman fell through opening into sand filtration tank

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 24th April 2017

    PC AND CONTRACTOR PAY PRICE FOR UNSAFE WORKING

    Dangerous working practices continued during ‘snowy’ weather

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 24th April 2017

    HSE ENFORCEMENT WEEKLY UPDATE 19th APRIL 2017

    hselogo1Prosecutions and enforcement notices weekly update and analysis

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 20th April 2017

    TOUGHER COURT PENALTIES UNDER NEW GUIDELINES

    Analysis of health and safety prosecutions reveals rise on most metrics

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 18th April 2017

    HSE ENFORCEMENT WEEKLY UPDATE 12th APRIL 2017

    hselogo1Prosecutions and enforcement notices weekly update and analysis

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 18th April 2017

    STOP. MAKE A CHANGE DAY – 18th APRIL 2017

    Infrastructure sector holds first ever ‘National Stand-Down Day’

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 18th April 2017

    ELECTRICIAN FAILED TO PROTECT HIS TRAINEE

    Community service sentence after apprentice fell through ceiling

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 18th April 2017

    CLIENT FINED OVER ABSENT ASBESTOS SURVEY

    Refurbishment project commenced before survey undertaken

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 18th April 2017

    GROUNDWORKER LEFT PARALYSED BY FALLING PIPE

    Gas infrastructure business failed to maintain safe system of work

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 18th April 2017

    MAJOR CONTRACTOR FAILED ON POWER LINE RISK

    Workman suffers severe burns after post touches 11kV overhead cable

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 6th April 2017

    HSE ENFORCEMENT WEEKLY UPDATE 6th APRIL 2017

    hselogo1Prosecutions and enforcement notices weekly update and analysis

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 6th April 2017

    LADDER UNSUITABLE FOR IVY CLEARING TASK

    Electricity supplier fined £900,000 after linesman ladder fall

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 3rd April 2017

    ABSENCE OF ASBESTOS SURVEY PUT FIRMS IN COURT

    Contractor and removal firm jointly responsible for failings

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 3rd April 2017

    WORKING WELL TOGTHER DESIGNER CDM EVENT

    Designer Awareness Day – Preventing Occupational Disease through Design

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 3rd April 2017

    INDUSTRY BODIES STRUCTURE MEWP SAFETY ALERTS

    Strategic Forum Plant Safety Group publishes Safety Alert Protocol

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 3rd April 2017

    ASPHALT MIXER CLAIMS FINGERS OF WORKMAN

    Guarding on mixing machine below the safety standard required

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 3rd April 2017

    FATALITY: SECOND WINDFARM DEATH IN TWO WEEKS

    Workman fell on operational windfarm under maintenance

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 3rd April 2017

    HSE ENFORCEMENT WEEKLY UPDATE 29th MAR 2017

    hselogo1Prosecutions and enforcement notices weekly update and analysis

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 29th March 2017

    UTILITY COMPANY CONVICTED AFTER FALL

    Workman died when fall protection lanyard accidentally severed

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 28th March 2017

    INTENDED SYSTEM UNSAFE … AND NOT FOLLOWED

    Principal contractor and partner failed to protect from roof fall hazard

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 28th March 2017

    DRAMATIC RESCUE FROM HEIGHT CAUGHT ON VIDEO

    Painter in US saved by fall arrest and rescued after platform failure

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 28th March 2017
    Turner Access Chipmunk Data
    Total Access Higher Safety