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Scaffolder could face jail after being photographed 60ft up wearing a harness that wasn't attached to anything

Scaffolder could face jail after being photographed 60ft up wearing a harness that wasn't attached to anything

5 February 2018 Email this article

The Daily Mail reports that a Manchester scaffolder risks being sent to jail after he was photographed working 60 feet up the side of a building wearing a harness that wasn't hooked to anything

Terrance Murray, 27, was erecting scaffolding at the side of a six storey building when he was unknowingly snapped by a retired health and safety inspector.

The health and safety breach took place as he was constructing scaffolding at the rear of the Grade II-listed Sunlight House in Manchester, on June 30 last year as part of work to renovate the windows.

He admitted to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act, pleading guilty to failing to take reasonable care for either himself or others who may have been affected by his acts and omissions while at work. The case has been adjourned until February 20 in order to enable Murray to consider engaging a lawyer.

Speaking after the hearing, HM inspector of health and safety Matt Greenly said: “The potential for his actions was the death of a young man. This is a situation which could easily have been avoided. He had all the right equipment.

“He chose for some unknown reason to take his life in his own hands that day.”