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Scaffolder prosecuted after neglecting vital safety measures

Scaffolder prosecuted after neglecting vital safety measures

1 June 2013 Email this article

A man from Camborne has been prosecuted by the HSE for neglecting vital safety measures that put himself, his employees and passing members of the public at risk.

Truro Magistrates' Court heard this month that an HSE inspector saw workers without harnesses or lanyards working on scaffolding with no edge protection at a property in Camborne, in March 2012.

The Inspector issued an immediate Prohibition Notice on the company, Anthony Dale Scaffolding, halting any further work at the site until improvements were made. However, lessons were not learned, and following an investigation into Mr Dale on another matter, Cornwall Council sent pictures of the business’ workers again working on scaffolding without any edge protection or harnesses.

Anthony Dale pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(2) and Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and was fined a total of £8,000 and ordered to pay £4,114 in costs.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Barry Trudgian, said: "Work at height is the biggest single cause of fatal and serious injury in the construction industry. Anthony Dale's reckless disregard of basic safety precautions demonstrates a totally a cavalier approach to the health and well-being of his workers and of passers-by, let alone himself.

"The risks of working at height are widely-known and recognised and there is a wealth of guidance available from HSE and the industry. There can really be no excuse for not putting basic precautions in place.

"Simple measures such as providing guardrails and having the correct safety equipment could save someone's life."