16 Nov 2015

Worker’s fall from scaffold leads to life-changing injuries

A scaffold firm was fined after a worker was seriously injured after falling nine metres.

Throwback Thursday

Bristol Magistrates’ Court heard how an employee of Bristol-based Tubular Access Scaffolds Limited was dismantling a scaffold structure when he fell, causing life-changing head injuries.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident, which occurred on 23 July 2013, at Berkley Crescent, Clifton, found that there was no evidence of preventative measures taken by the company before the incident.

Tubular Access Scaffolds Limited, of Duckmoor Road, Ashton, was fined a total of £26,250, after pleading guilty to offences under Regulation 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.

Speaking after the hearing Health and Safety Executive principal inspector Helena Tinton said: “If the company had managed a safe system of work with properly trained and equipped scaffolders, then the employee would not have suffered such terrible injuries.”

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1 comment:

  1. It's vital for all of us to have some minimuns of security to avoid incidents with scaffold, you explained very well

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