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SCAFFOLDER WAS UNTRAINED AND UNSUPERVISED

Contractor and director failed to train injured workman to CISRC scheme

St. Albans Scaffolding Limited and director Simon Christopher Bruce have been fined after an employee working on scaffolding operations fell almost 6m to the ground in 2016.

Luton Magistrates’ Court heard that the 20-year old workman was working with colleagues to erect scaffolding at a property on Cunningham Avenue, St Albans when he lost all points of contact whilst climbing a (7.6m) ladder whilst carrying a 4.8m scaffold pole weighing about 20kg. He fell approximately 5.7m to the ground.

The worker suffered multiple fractures to his right leg and ankle requiring surgery. .

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found both the company and director failed to ensure the scaffolding labourer was trained to the required competence to install scaffolding components.

Working alone on temporary roof

HSE also found the workman was not adequately supervised and was working alone on the temporary roof scaffold structure. The Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS) has been the industry recognised scaffold training scheme for more than 40 years. The director knew the workers had not been trained but allowed work to continue unsupervised in his absence.

  • St.Albans Scaffolding Limited – of Wellington House, London Colney, St. Albans pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4 (1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005. The company has been fined £5500 and ordered to pay costs of £442.
  • Simon Christopher Bruce – of Wellington House, London Colney, St. Albans also pleaded guilty to breaching Section 37 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. He has been fined £915 and ordered to pay costs of £443.

Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Rauf Ahmed said:

“The employee in this case is extremely lucky to have not suffered more severe and life threatening injuries.

The director knew the workers had not received the appropriate training in order to carry out the safe installation of the scaffolding and he put him at risk of harm by allowing unsupervised work to continue.

Duty holders must ensure all employees are trained to the required industry standard before carrying out any scaffolding work.”

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