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    SCAFFOLDING FIRM PROVIDED UNSAFE LOADING BAY

    Young apprentice fell between upper guardrail and platform

    A scaffolding contractor has been sentenced for safety breaches after a 16-year-old apprentice joiner fell some 4m from an unsafe scaffold platform in September 2016.

    Sheffield Magistrates’ Court heard how the apprentice was passing roof tiles from the loading bay to a colleague on the scaffold when he caught his foot in a gap between the scaffold platform and the loading bay.

    NATIONAL ACCESS AND SCAFFOLDING CONFEDERATION

    The apprentice fell backwards under a single guard rail to the ground below, sustaining injuries including a fractured cheekbone, broken wrist and injuries to his ribs. The apprentice also required 13 stitches for a deep cut above his left eye.

    Well known industry guidance

    HSE investigators found the loading bay edge protection did not include an intermediate guard-rail or toe board.

    • Bland Scaffolding Ltd – of Old Ship House, Wath Road, Elsecar pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 8(a) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and has been fined £100,000 and ordered to pay £918 in costs.

    After the hearing, HSE inspector Trisha Elvy commented:

    “This case highlights the importance of following well-known industry guidance to design and erect scaffolding in a safe manner, a fall from this height could have easily been fatal.”

     

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