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SCAFFOLD COLLAPSE CAUSED BY LACK OF TIES

Falling structure narrowly misses passerby and lands on parked cars

A scaffolding / roofing contractor has been fined after a scaffold collapsed at an industrial unit in Poole, Dorset in 2015.

Poole Magistrates’ Court heard how Swanage and Dorset Scaffolding and Roofing Limited (SDSRL) were contracted to erect scaffolding at the industrial unit in Alder Hills Business Park, Wallisdown, Poole to provide edge protection for work to be carried out on the roof.

The scaffolding collapsed on 14 September 2015 only narrowly avoiding an office worker who was leaving the building. The collapse caused serious damage to parked cars.

The company failed to ensure the scaffolding was suitably attached to the building to withstand foreseeable wind loads.

Properly design and installation required

HSE investigators found the company failed to ensure the scaffolding provided was suitably designed and installed to prevent collapse during use.

  • Swanage and Dorset Scaffolding and Roofing Limited – of Romany Centre Business Park, Wareham Road, Poole pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 19 (2) of the Construction Design and Management Regulations 2015 which requires steps to ensure that any new or existing structure does not collapse.

The company has been fined £27,000 and ordered to pay £4051 in prosecution costs.

Speaking after the hearing HSE Principal Inspector Helena Tinton said:

“The company failed to ensure the scaffolding was properly secured to the building to avoid it putting workers and members of the public at risk of it collapsing in high winds.

It is very lucky nobody was injured as result of this incident. All duty holders have the responsibility to ensure all scaffolding work is properly designed and installed by competent workers.”

 

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