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SCAFFOLD INSPECTORS ISSUED FALSIFIED CERTIFICATES

Prosecution for two after workman fell from illegitimately signed off scaffold

Two scaffold Inspectors have been prosecuted after a worker fell through a gap between the scaffolding and the building, resulting in serious injuries in March 2014.

Greater Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard how the 49-year old worker was working on a re-roofing project.

He was seriously injured when he stepped down from the untiled roof onto a fixed scaffold and fell through a gap between the scaffold working platform.

The workman suffered fracture injuries to his spine and had to wear a back brace for -eight weeks.

Inspectors must be trusted

The scaffolding had been signed off as safe for use by Mr Stephen Harper and Mr Garry Arnold.

HSE found that they had not carried out the relevant inspections and falsified the certificates to show that all was safe for use.

Stephen Harper of Alkrington, Middleton and Garry Arnold of Crookes, Sheffield, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 7(a) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and were each sentenced to 170 hours community service and ordered to pay £1,500 costs.

Speaking after the hearing HSE Inspector Matt Greenly said:

“Scaffold Inspectors are relied upon by workers and must be trusted.

Falsely completing reports without carrying out a thorough inspection can lead to serious risks being missed and life changing accidents occurring.”

 

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