A company and its director pleaded guilty to being violated Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Etc Act of 1974 and Section 3 (1) of Injury, Disease and Hazardous Regulations Reporting 2013 ( RIDDOR) incident in which two workers fell from a tower frame.
During the incident, workers were using tower scaffolding to post signage on a retail site when the scaffolding was moved away from the building, causing the two workers to fall approximately six feet and serious injuries to their legs and ankles.
After an investigation by the HSE, it was found that the tower frame had been erected by a person without appropriate training, that there were no guard rails in the structure and that there were no outriggers at the time of the incident. In addition, the company did not report the incident requested by RIDDOR.
The company itself was fined £ 20,000 for the breach, while the company’s director was ordered to do 100 hours of community service, pay compensation to injured workers and bear the costs.
HSE Inspector David Norton said after the Manchester Magistrates’ Court hearing:
“Falls from a height remain one of the leading causes of work-related deaths and serious injuries in this country. The risks associated with working at height are known.
This incident could have been easily avoided if a suitably trained person had erected the tower scaffolding and ensured that the necessary guardrails and brackets were in place. “
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