The current Work at Height Regulations were put into action in 2005 and we’ve been working with hundreds of our clients to put in place workable solutions to keep people safe at height since we started the business in 1994. Key amongst these risks is unsafe scaffolding.
All contractors should have access to a competent person with a thorough understanding of the regulations in place and how they could impact their company, if you need support on this please do get in touch. These two companies failed to meet these regulations after a workman fell 5m from a roof in December 2015, the substandard conditions that lead to the fall of workman Jhanade Ryan were caused by Oswestry Shropshire Scaffold Ltd and Centreco (UK) Ltd.
Mr Ryan was working on the roof of a factory in Brighouse installing solar panels when he lost his footing and slipped towards the roof edge protection. He went on to hit the scaffold toe board which broke on impact. Mr Ryan then fell through the gap in the scaffold onto a sub-station flat roof below. He encountered life-changing injuries including a broken coccyx, spinal fracture and nerve damage. He is now out of the workplace due to ongoing mobility issues.
Oswestry Shropshire Scaffold Ltd pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and have been fined £28,800 and ordered to pay £945.20 in costs.
Centreco (UK) Ltd pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and have been fined £33,500 and ordered to pay £945.20 in costs.
HSE inspector Jayne Towey notes:
“Falls from height often result in life-changing or fatal injuries. In most cases these accidents are needless and could be prevented by properly planning to ensure that effective preventative and protective measures are in place such as edge protection or barriers built to the correct standard.”