23 Jun 2015

Company fined after worker falls from scaffolding.

Firm prosecuted after a worker fell four metres causing bleeding on the brain, damage to his lungs and ribs.

The incident happened at Stirling Avenue, Cubbington on 3 April 2014, when an employee of the company fell whilst working on a soffit and fascia installation. The platform he was working on fell from the ladder brackets which were supporting it. As a result the worker was badly injured.

On 16 June 2015, Nuneaton Magistrates Court heard that HSE’s investigation found that the equipment the company provided was not adequate. The equipment was being used with no guardrails, no toe boards were provided, and the equipment was not installed in line with the manufacturer’s instructions.

Roger Smith Installations were found guilty of breaching regulation 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and was fined a total of £10,000 and ordered to pay full costs of £1,229 and a victim surcharge of £120.

HSE Inspector Ed Fryer said: “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. Access equipment used for working at height should always be installed in line with manufacturer’s instructions.

“This equipment had no guard rails to prevent a person from falling and it could have easily cost this man his life.

“It is vital to ensure that equipment is in good order as structural failures can have terrible consequences. The roofing industry is well aware of the risks involved whilst working at height and the controls which should be put in place to manage those risks.”

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Another case that highlights the importance of using properly maintained equipment - scaffolding without guardrails in place or fall restraint measures is an accident waiting to happen. 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 Good to Go Safety for more information.

Key benefits of the Good to Go Safety SEMS include:
• 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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