Safety & Access

Scaffolding Modified By Untrained Workman

July 27th, 2016

scaffoldin-manJoiner fell 4m from platform left in unsafe condition

A construction company in Northumberland has been fined after a joiner fell approximately four metres suffering injury.
Northumberland Magistrates’ Court heard how a joiner was working under the control of the principal contractor, ********* Limited on a new property development at Whalton, Northumberland.
The court heard scaffolding on site had been altered by workers not trained to do so, leaving it without adequate edge protection to prevent a person falling a distance liable to cause personal injury.

Ineffective planning and management

The joiner was undertaking an unplanned activity to fit a weather vane to a roof when he fell backwards from the scaffold to the uneven ground below, suffering a fractured vertebra and a large cut to the back of his head.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident which occurred on 4 August 2015 found that ******* Limited failed to plan, manage and monitor the installation of the weather vane.
******* Limited pleaded guilty to breaching Regulations 13(1) the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015, and was fined £50,000 and ordered to pay costs of £800.