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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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A Scaffolder caught erecting scaffolding 60ft without clipping on

A Magistrates’ Court yesterday heard how in June 2017 ***** was erecting scaffolding at the rear of a Grade II-listed building in Manchester as part of works to renovate the windows. The court was told **** was spotted and photographed by a retired Health & Safety inspector wearing a harness but wasn’t clipped on, he…

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Scaffolder suffered serious injuries

Specialist contractor ******** Scaffolding has been fined after a scaffolder suffered serious injuries.   **** Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 22 February 2016 at a site in Chaddesden, a 24-year-old employee, *** ***** was injured during the loading of bins of scaffold fittings onto a lorry using a Hi-Ab lorry mounted crane. The Hi-Ab arm…

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Parliamentary enquiry shines spotlight on working from height deaths

Parliamentary enquiry shines spotlight on working from height deaths Employers across all industries can expect a major focus on working from height practice and regulations in 2018. A new All Party Parliamentary Group has joined forces with two trade associations to focus on the unacceptable number of deaths at work resulting from falls from height….

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Scaffold Inspections

Scaffold Inspections The scaffolding contractor should ensure that, at the time of handing over to the client, the scaffolding is suitable to perform the duty to which it was intended and complies with all regulations and local authority requirements. This will be achieved by carrying out an initial inspection. In accordance with regulations 12 of…

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Scaffolding firm admits health and safety breaches

A scaffolding company and its director have been sentenced after a worker lost his hands and feet in a horrific site accident. Swindon Magistrates’ Court heard how the scaffolder was erecting scaffolding on 19 December 2016 when the structure came into contact with 33KV overhead power lines. The father of five received an electric shock…

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Prosecuted two scaffold Inspectors

The HSE have prosecuted two scaffold Inspectors after a worker fell through a gap between the scaffolding and the building, resulting in serious injuries. Greater Manchester Magistrates Court heard how in 2014, the 49-year old roofer was working on a re-roofing project. As he stepped down from the untiled roof onto a fixed scaffold, he…

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Scaffold Collapse

A Dorset based specialist has been fined after a scaffold collapsed at an industrial unit in Wallisdown, Poole. Poole Magistrates’ Court heard how ********* had been contracted to erect scaffolding at the industrial unit in Alder Hills Business Park. The scaffolding collapsed on 14 September 2015 narrowly avoiding an office worker as they left the…

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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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