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DEFECTIVE SCAFFOLD ERECTED BY UNTRAINED STAFF

Director prosecuted over untrained workers and poor scaffold designs

A scaffolding company and its managing director have been sentenced after scaffolder suffered serious injury whilst dismantling a scaffold in July 2016 in Slough, Berkshire.

Brighton Magistrates heard how LS Scaffolding Ltd was contracted to erect a scaffold and temporary roof over a pair of houses to enable conversion of the lofts. During dismantling the roof of the structure a workman fell and broke his femur.

Suspended prison term imposed

HSE’s investigation into the incident found that the defendant company “regularly used untrained workers” and failed to ensure scaffold structures were designed by competent persons. The investigation also found that the company and its director failed to ensure the work on a complex scaffold was properly planned, supervised or carried out.

  • LS Scaffolding Ltd – of Vicarage Farm Road, Hounslow pleaded guilty to breaching Regulations 4 (1) and 8(b) (ii) of The Work at Height Regulations 2005. The company was fined £47,000 and ordered to pay costs of £7,371 with a £170 surcharge.
  • Lakhbir Khakh – Director of LS Scaffolding Ltd of Stanwell Gardens, Staines pleaded guilty to breaching two counts of Section 37 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and was sentenced to 18 weeks custodial sentence suspended for 12 months and was fined £1,700 with a £115 surcharge.

After the hearing, HSE inspector Dominic Goacher commented:

“It is essential that scaffolding companies ensure that non-standard scaffolds are safely erected to a design produced by a competent scaffold engineer and that safe systems of work are planned and used by competent workers.”

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