A scaffolding firm has been prosecuted after a shocked passer-by photographed two of its employees balancing on a single pole with no harnesses or guardrails to prevent a potentially deadly fall.
A plunge from nine metres above the ground where the men were balancing could have killed either of them, according to Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector Amanda Huff.
The incident happened at a three-storey office block in Horley, Surrey, where 44-year-old Jason Hewett, owner of Crest Scaffolding Services, was found to have risked his own life and that of two of his workers by having no safety measures in place.
The HSE decided to prosecute the firm after receiving the photo along with others showing scaffolders working on the building with no handrails or fall protection.
Jason Hewett, of Benhams Drive, Horley, Surrey, admitted to a breach of the Work at Height Regulations 2005. He was fined £265 and made to pay £511 in costs.
After the hearing Ms Huff pointed out that scaffolders should work from a fully boarded scaffold and guardrail or wear a clipped-on harness to keep them safe.
If this is not the case then companies leave themselves open to prosecution and claims for compensation, as well as the risk of injury after a slip, trip or fall.
What to do if you have been injured in a scaffolding accident?
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