A scaffolder has been given a suspended jail sentence after a worker fractured his skull when a pulley wheel fell on his head.
Christopher Alan Harvey, of Wolverhampton Road, Cannock, West Midlands, received a four-month sentence suspended for a year after he admitted breaching Section 10(1) of The Work at Height Regulations 2005.
He was also ordered to pay £2,500 in compensation and £527.56 in costs.
The 40-year-old, who trades as Cannock Wood Scaffolding, had provided the lifting equipment which was used by scaffolder Mark Jones to install lead flashing on a school roof on August 8 last year.
Mr Jones, 27, from Darlaston, operated a metal pulley wheel to hoist and lower building materials and was just loading materials when the 4kg wheel came loose and fell seven metres from the scaffold onto his head. He suffered a broken skull but has since fully recovered.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigated the incident and found that Mr Harvey had not properly secured the pulley wheel to the scaffold.
He had not used any scaffold fittings to prevent the wheels falling, and the HSE also found that the supporting structure had been inadequately braced.
HSE Inspector Edward Fryer told reporters after the hearing that the accident could easily have been prevented if Mr Harvey had properly followed the guidance to attach the wheel securely.
He added that the installation of the wheel “fell far short” of the usual standard and “made it almost inevitable” that the wheel would fall from the scaffold.
Mr Fryer stressed that Mr Jones was lucky not to have been more seriously injured or even killed, and urged people who are installing lifting equipment to make sure it is left in a safe condition, as that could mean “the difference between life and death”.
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Source: PP Construction
Date Published: August 30, 2014
Author: David Brown