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    Collapse of structure put workforce and public at risk

    A sole trading scaffolder has been sentenced to a suspended prison term after scaffolding collapsed at a retail site in Loggerheads near Newcastle-under-Lyme on 5th December 2015.

    North Staffordshire Justice Centre heard that Mark Mr Kinsley was contracted to erect a scaffold, with debris netting attached along its full length to facilitate roof  work on a Co-Op retail store.

    Mr Kinsley erected the scaffold with two employees but failed to design the scaffold correctly or ensure it was tied to the building in any way.

    On 5 December 2015 the scaffold collapsed into a car park at the side of the store.

    Follow industry guidance on design and erection

    HSE investigators found that Mr Kinsley failed to properly design or erect the scaffold in a safe and appropriate manner and as a result put members of the public and workers at risk.

    Mark Kinsley of Little Lane, Pemberton, Wigan pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

    He was fined £1400 and sentenced to 16 weeks in custody, suspended for 12 months. He was also ordered to pay prosecution costs of £1648.

    Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Katherine Blunt said:

    “This was a very serious incident and it is fortunate nobody was injured as a result of it.

    The case highlights the importance of following industry guidance and in order to design and erect scaffolding in a safe manner, which does not raise risk to members of the public and workers using the scaffold.”



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