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Poorly-planned scaffolding leads to roofer's fall

22nd July 2010 | Health and Safety Signs

A Bridlington-based scaffolding firm has been fined after a roofer suffered serious injuries in a fall from height.

The local self-employed contractor was working on the roof of a domestic two-storey home in the town on April 17th 2009 when the scaffold below him gave way.

He fell almost six metres to the ground, sustaining three fractured ribs and small bones at the base of his back and head injury, all of which required emergency treatment.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the scaffolding had a poorly planned cantilever project on a bay window at the front of the property.

The company responsible, Advanced Scaffolding (GB), was found guilty of breaching the Work at Height Regulations 2005, receiving a fine of £3,500 and being ordered to pay costs of £3,000.

After the hearing at Bridlington Magistrates' Court, HSE inspector Geoff Clark revealed that the roofer could "quite easily have been killed".

"The scaffolding was poorly planned and poorly constructed, and Advanced Scaffolding clearly failed to install a structure that was fit for purpose in this regard," he said.

Companies employing roofers should use the appropriate warning signs on their sites at all time to reduce the risk of falls from height.

Posted by Nicole StevensADNFCR-2754-ID-19903760-ADNFCR


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