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Firms fined after scaffolding accident

24th November 2009 | Health and Safety Signs

Two firms have been fined following an accident on the Jury's Inn site in Milton Keynes, which highlights the advantages of adequate safety signs. McAleer and Rushe Limited has been fined £90,000 and will pay costs of £42,000, while Lee Smith Carpentry Limited was fined £36,000 with costs of £28,000. A major scaffolding collapse at the site left a man dead and two others with serious injuries, which the court heard was due to a combination of errors. Stephen Hartley, principal inspector at the Health and Safety Executive, claims that it was a wonder more people were not hurt, which could interest firms considering introducing safety signs. He states: "It is totally unacceptable for companies to disregard the safety of their workers. If the scaffolding had been designed, erected and managed properly, this incident would never have happened." Earlier this month, the benefits of warning signs such as "Danger Fragile Roof - Use crawling boards" safety signs were highlighted by the prosecution of MWS Scaffolding Services after it pleaded guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.



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