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    SCAFFOLD CONTRACTOR OVERLOOKED MAJOR HAZARD

    Well-known risk unidentified during scaffold erection project

    A scaffolding contractor has been ordered to pay £45,000 in fines and prosecution costs for safety breaches after a worker fell some 4m whilst working on a fragile roof surface in May 2013.

    Hull Crown Court heard how the company was carrying out the erection of scaffolding on a barn when the workman fell through a fragile roof light on an asbestos cement sheet roof.

    He sustained several injuries including the dislocation and fracture of his right wrist, crushed nerves in his left wrist, broken nose and sprains to his shoulder and ankle.

    Prevent access to fragile areas

    HSE investigators found that the firm failed to identify that workers would be working on a fragile roof and omitted to put in place any measures to prevent falls through the fragile surfaces.

    • Acorn Scaffolding (Yorkshire) Ltd – of Moxon Way, Moor Lane Trading Estate, Sherburn in Elmet pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and has been fined £33,333.33 and ordered to pay £14,638.40 in costs.

    After the hearing, HSE inspector Jayne Towey commented:

    “Working on a fragile roof carries a risk of a person falling through it. This is a known risk within the industry and this accident could have been prevented.

    Such measures would include ensuring that suitable guard rails are erected to prevent a person accessing the fragile roof area.”

     

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