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Ladder Safety Toolbox Talk

All ladders used for access must be long enough to extend sufficiently above working platform, unless other methods have been taken to ensure adequate hand hold. The recommendation is that a ladder should extend at least 1.0m above lift. All ladders should be set where reasonably practicable, at between 65% to 75% or 1 in…

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Companies Fined 65K After Subbie Falls Through Scaffolding

A contractor and scaffolding firm must together pay out almost £65,000 after their safety failings led to a worker plunging five metres from a roof. Leeds Magistrates’ Court heard how in December 2015 a subcontractor working for ****** Ltd, was installing solar panels to the roof of Firth Steels in Brighouse, West Yorkshire. The subcontractor…

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Company fined for missing handrails after contractor fell from scaffold

A Company pleaded guilty and has been fined after a worker fell from scaffolding. On 4 October 2016, a contractor fell from the third lift of a scaffold whilst undertaking work on the front of low rise block of flats located in the borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. Injuries to the contractor were so severe…

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78 year old builder falls from scaffold

Police and the HSE have launched a joint investigation after a 78-year-old builder died after falling from scaffolding at a retail park in South Gloucestershire whilst fitting large glass window. The victim from Birmingham was working on the refurbishment of a retail unit at Centaurus Business Park. He fell around 15ft from scaffolding on Monday…

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Scaffolding firm fined 100K after apprentice joiner falls from loading bay

A scaffolding company has been fined £100,000 for safety breaches after a 16-year-old apprentice joiner fell four metres from a scaffold. Sheffield Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 6 September 2016, the apprentice was passing roof tiles from the loading bay to a colleague on the scaffold when he caught his foot in a gap between…

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Worker falls from Scaffolding on Surrey Quays Development

An operative is currently recovering in hospital after falling 4m from scaffolding erected on a mixed-used development site.   A Health and Safety investigation is today underway at the Surrey Quays, development. According to sources, a contractor fitting glass panels fell from scaffolding approximately 4m to the ground below.   The contractor sustained serious injuries…

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Protection of the public

SG34:11  Protection of the public Scaffolding is frequently erected in areas to which members of the public have access. the precautions that need to be taken to protect the public during the erection, modification and removal of scaffolding are similar to those provided to protect members of the work force on an enclosed site but,…

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Scaffold fitting fell 60ft

A scaffolding company has been sentenced after a scaffold fitting fell approximately 60ft and hit a member of the public walking below. Westminster Magistrates Court heard that on 20 March 2017, the injured person was walking along Upper Street in Islington, London when he was hit on the head by the fitting. He sustained numerous…

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Scaffolder who was not clipped on is sentenced

A scaffolder has been sentenced after being caught on camera erecting scaffolding 60ft in the air without clipping on. Scaffolder ******** has been handed a 26-week suspended jail sentence for his dangerous actions. He admitted breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act. Appearing today for sentencing at Manchester Magistrates’ Court *** was told his actions had…

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40K Fine for spilling scaffolding tubes and injuring scaffolder

Major Construction Company fined £40,000 after spilling scaffolding tubes and injuring a scaffolder. The large well-known construction company was fined after Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard about the incident. On 9th December 2015 a pack of scaffolding tubes was being lifted by a crane onto a platform that was two stories above the gantry below.The crane…

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