Firm prosecuted for unsafe scaffolding
Posted: November 15, 2012
Posted in: Employer Negligence Workplace Injuries
The lives of several construction workers were put at risk as they worked on unsafe scaffolding at a farm in the Ribble Valley, a court has heard.
The men were spotted working on a barn conversion during a series of on-the-spot inspections carried out by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) targeting refurbishment and roof work.
The inspector immediately served a Prohibition Notice ordering the men to come down from the scaffolding and their employer was prosecuted for failing to take sufficient measures to prevent workers being injured in a fall.
During the site visit to the farm in Mellor, workers were seen on scaffolding platforms more than five metres above the ground, but there were numerous missing guard rails, deck boards and toe boards to prevent them falling. The scaffolding was also potentially unstable and there were unsafe ladders leaning against it.
Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Anthony Polec said:
“Work at height is one of the biggest causes of workplace deaths in the UK, with dozens of fatal injuries every year. It’s therefore vital that construction companies do all they can to protect their workers.”
The latest figures show that 38 people died as a result of a fall in a workplace in Great Britain in 2010/11, and more than 4,000 suffered a major injury.
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