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BUS AND PASSERS-BY STRUCK BY FALLING SCAFFOLD

Untied and sheeted scaffolding collapsed on busy street

Emperor Scaffolding Limited has been fined after scaffolding struck a bus and pedestrians when it collapsed during dismantling operation in January 2015.

Leicester Magistrates heard how the firm was dismantling scaffolding on Charles Street, Leicester when the incident occurred. The scaffolding hit a bus, landed on a parked van and struck two members of the public.

HSE investigators found that the company was not following a safe system of work. The scaffolding was not tied to the building and sheeting was left in place.

The scaffolding dismantling took place over four days and the workers failed to check the scaffolding condition before they started or to take adequate measures to correct defects and ensure it would not collapse during the dismantling.

Dismantling must be properly planned

Emperor Scaffolding Limited, of Fairefield Crescent, Glenfield, Leicester, was fined a total of £8,000, with costs of £2,000 after pleading guilty to offences under Regulation 28(1) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations.

Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Martin Giles said:

“Scaffolding needs to be tied to a building and dismantling needs to be properly planned and carried out in a safe manner.”

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