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Firm director prosecuted for accident at work

30th November 2011

The roofing contractor sustained the personal injury when incorrectly constructed scaffolding collapsed at the house he was working on and he fell six metres to the ground.

An investigation led by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) discovered that the scaffolding had not been constructed to a standard configuration, had not been secured properly and the director had not hired a competent scaffolder to erect the scaffolding.

The 48-year-old employee had to take four months off work following the accident which occurred in October 2009.

At a hearing, the company’s director was prosecuted for neglecting to ensure that the health and safety of those who were not in his employment was not at any risk.

An HSE inspector said, “Construction workers’ lives depend on scaffolds. Scaffold businesses must ensure their workers are trained and competent and that scaffolds meet the requirements and are tied correctly.

“If [the director] had ensured the scaffolding had been properly planned and erected and tied by a competent person, this incident would never have happened and a man would not have suffered a painful injury as a result.”

The director was given a fine of £5,000 and was also ordered to pay costs of £3,944 following the accident at work.

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