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Little brother is watching you...HSE Inspector snaps rogue company

Little brother is watching you...HSE Inspector snaps rogue company

3 March 2013 Email this article

One Trafford firm weren’t smiling after their poor health and safety practices were caught on camera by a passing HSE inspector. 


Workers from Stretford Scaffolding Ltd were filmed taking down scaffolding without safety measures to prevent them being injured in a fall as they worked outside a row of terraced shops on Ripponden Road in Oldham.


Neither of the two men standing on the scaffolding platforms were wearing harnesses, despite working up to six metres above the ground, and one of them was not a trained scaffolder.  He should therefore not have been allowed to work on a partially dismantled section.


The court was told there were also no guard rails on part of the scaffolding to prevent workers falling. The HSE inspector issued an immediate Prohibition Notice, ordering the men to come down from the scaffolding until they were given suitable safety equipment by their employer.


The firm received a 12-month  conditional discharge and was ordered to pay costs of £1,849 after admitting a breach of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.


Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Sandra Tomlinson said:"We are regularly called out to incidents where people have been seriously injured or even killed as a result of a fall from height. That’s why it’s vital scaffolding firms make sure safety is their top priority.


"Stretford Scaffolding should never have allowed the scaffolding to be taken down without making sure workers could do the job safely. The most sensible way of achieving this would have been to use guard rails and harnesses.


"The firm also put the life of one of the men at risk by allowing him to work on a partially dismantled section, despite the fact that he wasn’t a trained scaffolder. This case should act as a warning to other scaffolding firms that they risk being prosecuted if they put lives at risk.".