Member of Public Takes Scaffolder to Court after being Injured

by Alex on February 25, 2013

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HSE has reported another fine for a self-employed scaffolder after a member of the public suffered head injuries after walking into an unguarded metal pole.

HSE reported “A 61-year-old local woman walking underneath the scaffolding, hit her head on the horizontal pole with no protection. She was taken to hospital with a head injury which required stitches, and more seriously, fractures to her left ankle caused by her falling as a result of her impact with the pole”.

An investigation into the incident by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the sole trader failed to:

·      complete any risk assessment or, alternatively, any risk assessment that was completed appears to have been wholly inadequate and did not guard against risk to pedestrians;

·      erect a scaffold on a pavement with any diversion in place to exclude members of the public from the work area;

·      display any warning signs alerting the public that it was dangerous to be in the work area such as putting padding or warning tape around any of the scaffolding poles prior to the incident;

·      instruct his workers to attach padding or tape around the scaffolding under erection.

The sole trader was fined £1,670 after pleading guilty to breaching sections 3(2) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

After sentencing, HSE Inspector Gerry Muir, said:

“This was an awful accident to a member of the public that could easily have been avoided had Mr Hannen taken some simple, readily available precautions.

“Anyone planning construction work in public places should ensure they carry out a risk assessment that identifies potential dangers to members of the public and take adequate steps to prevent them.”

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Link to HSE News Release

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