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SCAFFOLD FIRM FINED AFTER ROUTINE HSE INSPECTION

Work planning, supervision and equipment all found inadequate

OW Scaffolding Limited of Bridgend, Wales has been fined for safety failings following a routine HSE site inspection in September 2015

Llanelli Magistrates’ Court heard how the company was working at Heol y Parc, Cefneithin when the inspection highlighted several safety failings.

The court hear that the work on site was poor planning. The assessment of risk, supervision and equipment provided to secure safety were all found to be inadequate.

OW Scaffolding Limited, of Village Farm Industrial Estate, Pyle, Bridgend, pleaded not guilty to breaching Regulation 4 of the Work at Height Regulation 2005 but was tried in its absence and found guilty and fined £1,000 and ordered to pay costs of £3,700.

Comment

The National Access and Scaffolding Confederation (NASC) has launched an update of their core scaffolding fall prevention guidance SG4:15 Preventing Falls in Scaffolding Operations. The guidance is being showcased at NASC ’roadshow’ events throughout 2016.

Many of the principles contained in previous versions of SG4 remain unchanged and the guidance therefore represents fine-tuning,“evolution not revolution”. It reflects the broader scope introduced by NASC TG20 compliant scaffolds, changes to good practice and industry innovation in the scaffolding sector.

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