Magistrates have fined the owner of a scaffolding firm for safety failings after he put up several dangerous scaffolds in the Portsmouth area.
The city’s magistrates court heard on Tuesday how Graham Pedaltey, who runs Graham’s Scaffolds, erected faulty scaffolds with no guards and rotting planks of wood. He put workers using them at risk of a work accident and serious injury from falls from height, the court was told.
Tip-off over faulty scaffold
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigated a case of a particularly dangerous scaffold Mr Pedaltey put up in North End Avenue on 18 October 2014 after a tip-off from a concerned member of the public. The faults the HSE discovered with the scaffolding included:
The fact it was not tied to the building and likely to collapse. Many of its upright poles were without base plates, meaning they could sink into the ground or go through drains and cavities underneath them. There was a lack of guardrails on the working platforms to prevent falls. There was insufficient bracing, which made the scaffold unstable; boards used on the scaffolding were found to be rotten and broken
The HSE told the court that it had advised Mr Pedaltey to improve the standard of his scaffolding on two occasions in September 2013, yet there were still dangerous faults in his scaffolds over a year later.
In his role of owner of Graham’s Scaffolds, Queens Road, Portsmouth, Graham Pedaltey pleaded guilty to breaching the Work At Height Regulations 2005 and the Health and Safety At Work etc Act 1974.
Mr Pedaltey was fined £1,600 and told to pay £600 in prosecution costs.
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Date Published: January 8, 2015
Author: David Brown