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    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.”

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