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    SCAFFOLD NOT TO INDUSTRY STANDARD OR DESIGN

    Specialist and contractor in court over unsafe work at height

    A main contractor and scaffolding specialist have been fined a total of £63,000 for safety breaches after a workman fell 5m from a roof in December 2015.

    Leeds Magistrates heard how Jhanade Ryan was installing solar panels to the roof of factory premises in Brighouse when he slipped on the roof and slid towards the roof edge protection.

    He struck the scaffold toe board which snapped and he fell through the gap in scaffold to a sub-station flat roof below.

    Mr Ryan suffered life changing injuries including  fracture to his spine, a broken coccyx and nerve damage. He was was in hospital for almost three months and is now unable to work due to ongoing mobility issues.

    Scaffold of unknown design and roof lights unguarded

    HSE investigators found the scaffolding company had not erected the scaffold to a known industry standard or design.

    The investigation also revealed that roof lights were present on the roof and that the contractor had failed to take effective measures to prevent workers falling through these fragile surfaces.

    • Oswestry Shropshire Scaffold Ltd – of Pool Cottage, Oswestry, Shropshire pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and has been fined £28,800 and ordered to pay £945.20 in costs.
    • Centreco (UK) Ltd – of Hearle House, Chorley, Lancs pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and has been fined £33,500 and ordered to pay £945.20 in costs.

    After the hearing, HSE inspector Jayne Towey commented:

    “Falls from height often result in life changing or fatal injuries. In most cases these accidents are needless and could be prevented by properly planning to ensure that effective preventative and protective measures are in place such as edge protection or barriers built to the correct standard.”

     

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