Scaffolder fined £18k for putting workers at risk

Court report
Court report

A Crawley scaffolde has been prosecuted after workers were put at risk during refurbishment, says the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Following a complaint from a member of the public HSE visited the site at Upper High Street, Winchester, where Michael Alldis, trading as Southern Tube Scaffold of Buckswood Drive, Crawley, was contracted to provide a scaffold and a temporary roof.

West Hampshire Magistrates’ Court heard that no guardrails, harnesses or any other fall mitigation equipment was in place to protect workers on the roof from the risk of falling.

Items from the roof were also being removed in an unsafe manner potentially putting members of the public at risk, said the HSE.

Alldis pleaded guilty to breaching regulation 4(1)(a) and 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and was fined a total of £18,000 and ordered to pay full costs of £1,907.50.

After the hearing HSE Inspector Adam Wycherley said: “Although Mr Alldis was an experienced scaffolder, in this instance the standards of safety that he endorsed on site fell well below those expected during the dismantling of a scaffold.

“Falls from height remain the most common form of workplace fatality – there is no excuse for not planning work at height properly or ensuring the appropriate safety equipment is used, the Scaffolding industry are well aware of the risks involved and the methods which should be put in place to manage these risks”

The Health and Safety Executive is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. It aims to reduce work-related death, injury and ill health. It does so through research, information and advice, promoting training, new or revised regulations and codes of practice, and working with local authority partners by inspection, investigation and enforcemen.