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    Health and Safety News

    Scaffolding company fined over safety failings

    By Jonathan Brown on June 1, 2016

    Scaffolding company fined over safety failings

    A routine site inspection uncovered safety failings on the part of a scaffolding firm, a court has been told.

    Bridgend-based OW Scaffolding Limited had pleaded not guilty to breaching the Work at Height Regulations.

    The firm, of Pyle, Bridgend, was tried in its absence at Llanelli Magistrates’ Court and found guilty. It was fined £1,000 and ordered to pay £3,700 in costs.

    Safety failings

    Magistrates heard the safety failings came to light in September 2015 while it was working at Heol y Parc at Cefneithin in Carmarthenshire.

    A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation had found, the court heard, that risk assessments, site supervision and the equipment being used were inadequate while planning by the firm was poor.

    Planning vital

    Planning work for scaffolding should include information on site location, period of time the scaffold is required to be in place and its intended use. Failure to provide these could lead to an incorrectly erected scaffold.

    Such safety failings could lead to falls from heights or parts of the scaffold coming lose and posing a risk to both on-site workers and members of the general public.

    In 2014, 30 major injuries were reported in relation to scaffolding.

    Source: Health and Safety Executive

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    Date Published: June 1, 2016

    Author: Jonathan Brown

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