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    CURFEW AND TAGGING FOR RECALCITRANT SCAFFOLDER

    Suspended jail sentence handed down after unsafe work at height

    A scaffolder has been sentenced after unsafe working practices were observed during the erection of scaffolding on a site in Chartham, Kent during August 2016.

    Medway Magistrates heard how Mr Steven David Connolly was observed by an HSE inspector employing unsafe working practices whilst erecting scaffolding. He was working unsafely and putting himself at serious risk of falling from the scaffold under construction.

    He ignored interjections of the HSE inspector and refused to work safely and subject the Inspector to “torrent of abuse”. Mr Connolly left the scaffold in an unsafe and incomplete condition with no warning for subsequent users.

    • Mr Steven David Connolly – of Greenacres, Lower Kingswood, Surrey pleaded guilty to breaching Regulations 6(3) and 8(a) of The Work at Height Regulations 2005. He was sentenced to 24 weeks imprisonment, suspended for 18 months.

    He has also been subject to the condition of a curfew between 9am and 5pm at his home address for which he will be tagged and ordered to pay costs of £2,000.

    Obstructed the inspector in the exercise duty

    After the hearing HSE inspector, Andrew Cousins said:

    “An already worrying situation was compounded by the defendant’s unwarranted abuse of a public official and then leaving the scaffold in a perilous condition.

    He effectively obstructed the inspector in the exercise of her duty by his attitude, language and behaviour as well as his refusal to provide his identity or who he was working for.

    Those in control of work have a responsibility to devise safe methods of working and to provide the necessary information, instruction and training to their workers in the safe system of working. Falls from height remain one of the most common causes of work related fatalities in this country and the risks associated with working at height are well known.”

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