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Firm fined over unsafe scaffolding


An Oxfordshire-based scaffolding company has been fined for putting workers and members of the public at risk.

Two sites run by ASW Scaffolding Limited in West Hagbourne were found to be dangerous by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Inspectors identified numerous faults with the scaffold structures in Grove Street, Wantage, and Banbury Road, Oxford, including missing ties, bracing and vehicle impact protection.

The firm was fined a total of £15,000 and ordered to pay £5,438 in costs after pleading guilty to single beaches of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and the Work at Height Regulations 2005.


Faults

In the case of ASW Scaffolding Limited, Oxford Magistrates’ Court heard that the first unsafe scaffold was installed in Grove Street, Wantage, back in July 2012 to support the refurbishment of a retail unit.

HSE inspectors found a lack of ties and missing ledger bracing, which are designed to provide support and rigidity, while the scaffold was also lacking vehicle impact protection.

Satisfactory remedial work subsequently took place, but in March 2013 a passing inspector witnessed unsafe activity on another site run by the company on Banbury Road in Oxford.

On this occasion an employee was working on a partially-completed structure with no guard rails or other safety features to prevent a fall.

A Prohibition Notice was immediately served to stop any further work until it was made safe.


Scaffold accidents

The faults on both structures could have easily led to a number of personal injury claims from workers and members of the public.

Accidents with scaffolding are one of the most common causes of serious injuries on construction sites.

Anyone who is a victim may be entitled to seek compensation – something which the Accident Advice Helpline can assist with. To discuss your potential claim with a member of Accident Advice Helpline’s expert team dial 0800 689 5659 now.

Source: Gov.uk