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SCAFFOLDER FELL ON TEMPORARY ROOF WORKS

Injured workman lacked training and fall arrest equipment

A scaffolding contractor has been fined after a worker fell 3m and lost consciousness in February 2016.

Huntingdon Magistrates heard how an employee of HI-Pro Scaffolding Ltd was dismantling a temporary scaffold roof when he fell some 3m through the temporary roof to the fixed roof below.

The employee was knocked unconscious, spent two days in hospital and suffered a broken thumb which required metal pins to be fitted. In total, he was off work for two months.

HSE investigators found that Hi-Pro Scaffolding Ltd had not planned the work properly.

Industry guidance should be followed

There was a lack of communication and the employee was not trained or experienced in this type of scaffold. The company also failed to provide suitable personal protective equipment to prevent a fall.

  • HI-Pro Scaffolding Ltd – of Old Ford House, Old Ford Lane, Stonely, Kimbolton, was fined £7,000 for breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and been ordered to pay costs of £3621.00.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector John Berezansky said:

“This case highlights the importance of following industry guidance to plan the safe erection and dismantling of scaffolding”.

 

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