A scaffolding firm has been fined for carrying out “dangerous” work above a busy street in central London.
JOS Scaffolding Limited admitted safety failings after photographs taken by a concerned member of the public showed workers using unsecured and “precariously balanced” boards to pass materials to higher levels of the scaffolding in Covent Garden.
Working at height
The dangers of working at height are well documented.
Employers must ensure they provide sufficient safety measures to protect their staff and members of the public at all times.
If they fail in their duty of care to provide a safe working environment, a claim for negligence can be made.
Accident Advice Helpline is always available to lend a hand with any type of personal injury claim, whether it’s a fall at work or an injury sustained in a public place, helping you get the compensation you deserve.
Nobody was injured in this case, but the outcome could have been a lot different had the passer-by not alerted the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) of the dangerous work that was going on at the site.
How scaffolding accidents happen
Accidents with scaffolding are one of the most common causes of serious and fatal injuries on construction sites.
There are plenty of things workers and employers can do to prevent danger – yet such precautions were lacking at the Covent Garden construction.
HSE discovered a lack of guard rails, secured boards and ladders on the scaffolding, while two of the three-man team erecting the scaffold lacked training. It concluded the work was poorly planned and managed.
A worker was even pictured sitting near the top of the five storey structure, casually dangling his legs over the side.
JOS Scaffolding Limited, of Gray’s Inn Road, London, was fined £5,000 and ordered to pay £734 in costs after pleading guilty at Westminster Magistrates’ Court to two breaches of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.
Source: Daily Mail
Date Published: June 7, 2014
Author: David Brown