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Substandard scaffold led to church roof death

Substandard scaffold led to church roof death

27 November 2015 Email this article

A Castleford scaffolder has been ordered to do community service after a worker fell to his death from a church roof.

Walter Booth (trading as WB Roofing) fell to his death while carrying out repairs to the roof of Micklegate Methodist Church in Pontefract on 10th January 2015.

A Health & Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found the scaffolding edge protection provided by Wayne Morgan (trading as Barnsdale Scaffolding) failed to follow the profile of the roof edge, leaving a gap through which 63-year-old Mr Booth fell.

Wayne Morgan of Barnsdale Estate, Cutsyke, Castleford, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 8(a) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005, and was sentenced to 200 hours unpaid work and ordered to pay £15,000 in costs by Wakefield Magistrates Court.

HSE inspector Sarah Lee said after the hearing: “This was an entirely preventable death. In this case the scaffolding edge protection was not sufficient to prevent a person falling from the roof. The scaffold installation should have been erected correctly, follow the profile of the roof and have no large gaps. The standards for scaffold are well known and have been in place for many years. It is vital that scaffolders ensure that scaffold is erected as per the standards and it is checked after it is erected, to ensure that everything is in place.”