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The Importance of Ties

The purpose of ties is to restrain the scaffolding standards in a vertical position so they can carry the weight of the structure, the boards, personnel and materials without buckling. During its operational lifetime, a scaffold may be subjected to high winds that will attempt to push it towards the building, pull it away or…

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Use of Gin Wheels

When using and installing gin wheels they must: • Have been inspected within the last 6 months and have clear identification • They are in good condition and run freely with no visible signs of corrosion • The edge of wheel is free from any sharp edge that could damage the rope • The tube…

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Toolbox Talk – Joints in Standards and Ledgers

Joints in Standards and Ledgers  A joint is required wherever a standard, ledger or guardrail is too long to be formed from a single tube Joints should be made with sleeve couplers. Expanding joint pins may be used in standards only but are not preferred and should not be used where tension could occur unless…

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A Wigan scaffolder has been sentenced after scaffolding collapsed at a retail site

North Staffordshire Justice Centre heard how Mr. ***** a scaffolder had been subcontracted to erect a scaffold, with debris netting attached along its full length, for roofing work on a Co-Op retail store. Mr. ***** erected the scaffold with two of his employees, on 19 November 2015 but did not design the scaffold correctly or…

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Edge protection in accordance with BSEN13374

Temporary edge protection is used in the construction works, primarily to prevent persons and objects from falling to a lower level from working surface, sloped or flat. An edge protection system shall consist of a principal guardrail plus either an intermediate guard rail or an intermediate protection. It shall also be possible to attach a…

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THINK – Put your phone away while driving

We’ve all got a responsibility to keep our roads safe. For professional drivers following the law is more important than ever. The consequences for not following the rules could result in you losing your vocational licence, or in the worst case causing a fatal accident. From March 1st 2017, the penalties for driver caught using…

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Oldham building contractor in court over fall from height risk

An Oldham based building firm has been fined for exposing its workers to dangerous work at height. An Inspector from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) issued an immediate Prohibition Notice ordering *********** Homes Ltd to stop work at a site at Newmarket Road, Ashton under Lyne until workers had protection against falling from height….

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Suspended sentences for scaffolders who obscured cause of death

Two scaffolders have been handed suspended prison sentences after a worker who fell off a roof with no edge protection died. One of the defendants replaced the guardrail after the accident, a court was told, in an attempt to cover up what had happened.  Roger Stoddern fell 7 m from the flat roof of a…

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Total disregard for the safety caused death of 17 year-old in ladder fall

Total disregard for the safety caused death of 17 year-old in ladder fall The owner of a gutter cleaning company has been found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced (14/10/2016) at Exeter Crown Court following an incident in December 2014 in which 17-year-old Mason Beau Jennians (known as Beau) died when he fell from a ladder. Colin…

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Manslaughter Sentence for Site Manager

A building site manager has been convicted of manslaughter after a construction worker was killed in 2015…*****, a building site manager, has been convicted of manslaughter after a construction worker died on site. ***** was convicted due to his disregard for safety after the worker fell through a skylight aperture. The fall was from the…

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