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Company fined after scaffolding collapse

17th December 2013 | Warning Signs

A Northamptonshire firm has been prosecuted after scaffolding it had been contracted to construct collapsed, falling 20 metres towards people below.

The incident occurred at the Willow Place Shopping Centre in Corby. Nobody was hurt, but some had to be treated for shock.

The scaffolding had not been erected stably enough, and the debris netting attached to it acted as a sail in strong winds. These warning signs were ignored by the company, Desborough Scaffolding Limited.

The firm pleaded guilty to single breaches of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007. It was fined £16,000 and ordered to pay £4,678 in costs.

HSE inspector Sam Russell said: “It was sheer luck that no-one was seriously injured or killed as a result of this totally preventable incident. Scaffolding erected to an approved design by competent persons should be able to withstand high wind loads without failing.”ADNFCR-2754-ID-801673301-ADNFCR


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