18 May 2015

Crawley Scaffolder fined for unsafe scaffold work

Michael Alldis, trading as Southern Tube Scaffold of Buckswood Drive, Crawley has been prosecuted after workers were put at risk during refurbishment work.

Following a complaint from a member of the public HSE visited the site at Upper High Street Winchester where Michael Alldis was contracted to provide a four lift scaffold and temporary roof for on-going refurbishment work to a property. 

West Hampshire Magistrates Court heard that no guardrails, harnesses or any other fall mitigation equipment was in place to protect workers on the roof from the risk of falling. Items from the roof were also being removed in an unsafe manner potentially putting members of the public at risk.   

Michael Alldis trading as Southern Tube Scaffold pleaded guilty to breaching regulation 4(1)(a) and 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and was fined a total of £18,000 and ordered to pay full costs of £1907.50.

After the hearing HSE Inspector Adam Wycherley said:

 "Although Mr Alldis was an experienced Scaffolder, in this instance the standards of safety that he endorsed on site fell well below those expected during the dismantling of a scaffold".

 Falls from height remain the most common form of workplace fatality – there is no excuse for not planning work at height properly or ensuring the appropriate safety equipment is used, the Scaffolding industry are well aware of the risks involved and the methods which should be put in place to manage these risks”
HSE Bulletin (Reproduced under the terms of the Click-Use License)

Another case that highlights the importance of using properly maintained equipment - scaffolding without guradrails in place or fall restraint measures is an accisdent waiting to happen - thankfully on this occasion the dangers were spotted before it was too late. Good to Go Safety can provide scaffold inspection systems to help ensure that the structure is in good condition before work begins at height. Visit www.goodtogosafety.co.uk for more information.

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• Compliance with legislation and industry best practice.
• Reduce the potential for accidents.
• Documented evidence of equipment maintenance.
• Reduction in maintenance costs by identifying minor faults before they develop into costly major faults.
• Quick and easy to use/implement within the company.
• It informs employees of the equipment status before they use it - displaying up-to-date information.
• Allows instant quarantine of equipment if faults are found.
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