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£26k fine follows scaffolder's fall

16 Nov 15 Bristol-based Tubular Access Scaffolds Limited has been fined more than £26,000 after an employee fell nine metres.

Bristol Magistrates’ Court heard how a man was dismantling a scaffold structure when he fell, causing life-changing head injuries.

An investigation by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident, which occurred on 23rd July 2013, at Berkley Crescent, Clifton, found no evidence of any preventative measures taken by the company before the incident.

Tubular Access Scaffolds Limited, of Duckmoor Road, Ashton, was fined a total of £26,250, after pleading guilty to offences under Regulation 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.

HSE principal inspector Helena Tinton said after the hearing: “If the company had managed a safe system of work with properly trained and equipped scaffolders, then the employee would not have suffered such terrible injuries.”

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