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£18k fine for poor scaffold

18 May 15 A scaffolder has been fined £18,000 for erecting an unsafe structure.

Michael Alldis trading as Southern Tube Scaffold in Crawley was prosecuted after workers were put at risk during refurbishment work.

Following a complaint from a member of the public, a Health & Safety Executive inspector visited the site at Upper High Street in Winchester where Michael Alldis was contracted to provide a four lift scaffold and temporary roof for refurbishment work to a property.

West Hampshire Magistrates Court heard that no guardrails, harnesses or any other fall mitigation equipment was in place to reduce the risk of workers falling. Items from the roof were also being removed in an unsafe manner potentially putting members of the public at risk. 

Michael Alldis trading as Southern Tube Scaffold pleaded guilty to breaching regulation 4(1)(a) and 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and was fined a total of £18,000 and ordered to pay full costs of £1907.50.

HSE inspector Adam Wycherley said after the hearing: “Although Mr Alldis was an experienced scaffolder, in this instance the standards of safety that he endorsed on site fell well below those expected during the dismantling of a scaffold.”

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