Unsafe scaffolding puts Bolton firm in court

by Alex on September 1, 2013

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A Bolton building firm was recently prosecuted after workers were seen carrying out roofing work in high winds on unsafe scaffolding.

The two workers were spotted by a member of the public as they replaced guttering on the roof of a house in Timberbottom, Bradshaw. They were carrying out work on two poorly-erected scaffolding towers with an unsecured board serving as a walkway between the two. These unsafe conditions led an unnamed passer-by to report the site to HSE.

After an inspection, HSE prosecuted the building firm. In a trial at Trafford Magistrates’ Court, the court heard how no edge protection, such as handrails or toe bars, was used on the scaffolding, and workers were not using safety harnesses when ascending and descending the structure. Inspectors even reported seeing workers climbing down the scaffolding itself rather than using an access http://topmednorx.com ladder.

“The men could easily have been seriously injured or even killed in a fall if the work had continued,” said Graham Baynes, an HSE inspector. “They were working on scaffolding with numerous missing safety features, and an unsecured board linking the two towers. The fact that they were working in high winds increased the risks to them even further.”

After pleading guilty to a breach of the Work at Height Regulations 2005, the building firm received a 12-month conditional discharge and was ordered to pay £562 in prosecution costs.

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