A scaffolding company has ended up in court after a 16-year-old apprentice joiner fell four metres from a platform and suffered serious injuries.
Sheffield Magistrates Court sentenced Bland Scaffolding Ltd after it was decided safety breaches led to the injury. The apprentice was passing roof tiles from a loading bay in 2016 when his foot caught in a gap between the scaffold platform and the bay itself. They fell under a single guardrail to the ground and sustained a fractured cheekbone, broken wrist and rib injuries.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the loading bay edge protection did not include an intermediate guard-rail or toe board.
Bland Scaffolding Ltd of Old Ship House, Wath Road, Elsecar pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 8(a) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and were fined £100,000 and ordered to pay £918 in costs.
After the hearing, HSE inspector Trisha Elvy said: “This case highlights the importance of following well known industry guidance to design and erect scaffolding in a safe manner, a fall from this height could have easily been fatal.”
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