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Failure to comply with Work at Height Regulations costs a construction company £162,000 in fines

BY Douglas Cameron
Health & Safety
BG Orange

A worker for a Welsh construction company shattered his spine after falling backwards off a tower scaffold into a skip. The injured person had to be rescued from the skip by the local fire rescue team who utilised the site crane to lift him from the skip. 

The Judge found the company had failed to properly consider the risks of working on tower scaffolds and found that there was a lack of an effective temporary works management system.

The HSE inspector involved in the prosecution stated “There is a clear hierarchy for managing work at height risks; site managers need to prevent risk where possible and provide fixed barriers. Lower order measures such as soft landing systems or the use of harnesses should only be selected as a last resort and if it is safe and appropriate to do so.

The company was fined a total of £168,000 including costs.

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