Menu

Health and Safety News

Occupational health and safety news and guidance

Blog posts : "scaffolding"

Glazing company fined £36,000 for dangerous work at height

05-02-2016

Photo shows the dangerous work at heightIdeal Glazing (Euro) Ltd. has been fined £36,000 after carrying out work in the West End of London with no measures to prevent the workers falling eight metres and after dropping part of a window onto the public area below.

Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard the company carried out window inst…

Read more

Safety at Height: Ladders Vs. Scaffold Towers

23-03-2015

Photo shows a woman using a ladder incorrectly for DIYIn the UK every single year there are accidents related to falling from height that could and should have been avoided. In total, between 2013 and 2014 there were nearly 3,000 incidents where employees were injured from falls from height. Of that figure, 39 people died; that’s 39 people whose lives …

Read more

Scaffolding safety: 5 scaffolding safety do’s

04-09-2014

Photo shows a worker on scaffoldingThis blog explores the subject of safe scaffolding and focuses on 5 scaffolding do’s which ensure safety of a scaffolding work site. Read on for valuable information on how to maintain safety on site and ensure the wellbeing of workers and members of the public when scaffolding work is taking place.…

Read more

Scaffolding firm in court for department store failings

18-03-2014

Photo is an extract from the CCTV footage showing the unsafe scaffolding work

A Hertfordshire scaffolding firm has been fined for a catalogue of safety failings – including throwing and catching metal fittings over the heads of shoppers – as they erected two scaffolds outside an Oxford department store.

Darren Baker Scaffolding Limited also failed to ensure the structu…

Read more

Firm fined for unsafe Oxfordshire scaffolds

03-02-2014

Photo shows the scaffold in Wantage with missing ties, bracing and vehicle impact protection

A scaffolding firm has been fined for dangerous scaffold installations at sites in Wantage and Oxford.

Workers and passing members of the public alike were placed at risk because of faults with the structures, which included missing ties, bracing and vehicle impact protection.

West Hagbourne-bas…

Read more

Scaffolding firm sentenced over worker's death

12-07-2013

Photo shows skylight Tony Causby fell 13 metres through

A scaffolding firm has been ordered to pay more than £100,000 in fines and costs following the death of an employee who plunged 13 metres through the roof of a Skelmersdale warehouse.

Married father-of-one Tony Causby, 42, from Leigh, was helping to dismantle scaffolding when he stepped onto a f…

Read more

Merseyside roofer caught on camera risking lives

13-12-2012

A Merseyside roofer has been fined after he allowed lives to be put at risk on the roof of a semi-detached house in Maghull.

Phillip McGinn, 38, and two other workers were photographed retiling the roof of a property on Old Race Course Road on 21 August this year without safety measures in place to…

Read more

Lancashire builder risked lives on scaffolding

23-11-2012
Jack Sanderson (right) and another worker at the top of a dangerous scaffolding tower in BacupA Lancashire builder has appeared in court after he ignored a formal warning to stop working at the top of a dangerous scaffolding tower.

Jack Sanderson and another builder were spotted carrying out work to the roof of a two-storey building on Burnley Road in Bacup by a passing inspector from the H…

Read more

Ribble Valley firm prosecuted for unsafe scaffolding

16-11-2012
workers on unsafe scaffolding at a farm in the Ribble ValleyThe lives of several construction workers were put at risk as they worked on unsafe scaffolding at a farm in the Ribble Valley, a court has heard.

The men were spotted working on a barn conversion in Mellor Brow in Mellor on 13 March 2012 during a series of on-the-spot inspections carried out by th…

Read more

Blackburn firm fined over unsafe work on school roof

29-10-2012

Workers on the roof a primary school in Clayton le WoodsA Blackburn firm has been fined for allowing work to be carried out on a primary school roof without safety measures in place.

An inspector from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) was passing Clayton le Woods Primary School, near Chorley, on 31 January this year when he spotted four men work…

Read more

Construction firm prosecuted after workers fall from Didsbury school roof

24-07-2012

The collapsed handrail which led to two workers falling from the roof at Barlow Moor High SchoolTwo workers were fortunate to escape with only minor injuries when they fell from a school roof in Didsbury, a court has heard.

The men had been investigating a leak in the flat roof at Barlow Moor High School when one of them leant on a wooden handrail that collapsed. The other worker tried to…

Read more

Scaffold collapse leads to fines

23-07-2012

Seventy metres of sheeted scaffold peeled away from a row of houses in Wellington Road, Hanley.Two Stoke-on-Trent companies have been fined for their part in a major scaffold collapse.

Seventy metres of sheeted scaffold peeled away from a row of houses in Wellington Road, Hanley, on 30 April 2011.

Fortunately workers were on a break so no-one was on or near the scaffolding at the time o…

Read more

Construction firms sentenced over worker's fatal fall

05-07-2012

The construction site where Christopher Heaton fell to his deathTwo construction companies have been fined a total of £301,000 after a worker fell 22 metres to his death in Manchester.

Christopher Heaton, from St Helens, was working on the Leftbank riverside apartments in Manchester city centre - part of the Spinningfields development - when he was dragged…

Read more

Building firm sentenced after worker breaks back in fall

14-06-2012

Construction site where bricklayer fell through joists and broke his backA building firm has been sentenced after a bricklayer broke his back when he fell through exposed floor joists at a site in Widnes.

The 40-year-old man from Southport was working on a project to refurbish a corner shop and construct four one-bedroom houses when he fell three metres from the f…

Read more

Fines imposed following scaffolding fall death

29-05-2012

Scaffold over-roof at Washington Avenue, St. Leonards on SeaA firm, its director and a supervisor have been sentenced for safety failings after a worker died from injuries sustained in a fall from scaffolding at a construction site in East Sussex.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted Apex Scaffolding (Sussex) Ltd., its director, Michael Wa…

Read more

Construction firm fined over worker's fall injuries

21-05-2012

A construction firm has been sentenced for safety failings after a roofer was badly injured in a fall from scaffolding at a house in Trafford.

Stephen Cartwright fell approximately three metres from the scaffolding, which had no safety rail, at a detached property on Carrwood, in Hale Barns…

Read more

Shipyard fined after apprentice fell from scaffolding

30-04-2012

An apprentice worker was badly injured after he fell off scaffolding which was not properly secured at Pendennis Shipyard Ltd. in Falmouth.

In a prosecution brought by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) on 27 April, Truro magistrates heard that David Banks, from St Austell, who was 19 at the…

Read more

Poor construction site management lands firm and director in court

13-03-2012

An Edgware-based construction company and its director have been fined after carrying out unsafe demolition and construction work at a house in Surrey.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted Laxmi Developments Ltd and its director, Vijay Madhaparia, of Tavistock Road, Edgware, for fail…

Read more

NASC has released new Video Toolbox Talks

05-12-2011

The NASC has recently released two Video Toolbox Talks to help explain and educate those working with scaffolding contractors on certain particular issues which are frequently misunderstood.

The two new videos are:

Explaining Scaffold Handover Certificates and Scaffold Inspections 
click here to v…

Read more

19 Blog Posts