A company and its director have been fined after an unsecured scaffold collapsed
into a street in Cambridgeshire.
Crusaders Scaffolding Ltd and director Gary Driver admitted safety failings relating to the incident on 18 April 2013.
The structure, measuring 11 metres long and 4.5 metres high, fell onto the pavement and road in High Street, Stretham, three days after it was erected.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the two-storey scaffold had not been secured to the property at all, while it also fell well below the standard required of construction firms.
Cambridge Magistrates’ Court heard that a large covering of plastic sheeting had been attached to the outside of the scaffold to protect passers-by as the work was being carried out. But this ultimately acted as a sail that caused it to blow over in the wind.
HSE inspectors said it was extremely fortunate that no-one was injured in the incident.
Crusaders Scaffolding Ltd, registered to High Street, Saffron Walden, Essex, but operating from Great North Road, Buckden, pleaded guilty to two breaches of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and one of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. It was fined a total of £7,500 and ordered to pay £526 in costs.
Gary John Driver, 51, of Hunts End, Buckden, St Neots, pleaded guilty to the same Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 offence. He was fined £5,000 with £500 costs.
Claiming for a scaffolding accident
Scaffolding accidents can cause serious damage, so employers need to make sure all safety procedures are followed to the letter.
Just like all accidents at work, if you’ve been injured then you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
Members of the public can also make a claim if they’ve been injured by falling scaffolding
in the street.
Accident Advice Helpline can guide you through the process of making a personal injury claim, so don’t hesitate to get in touch via our helpline on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: August 2, 2014
Author: David Brown