A scaffolding company based in Norwich has been prosecuted and fined, after a painter suffered serious injuries when a scaffold board collapsed.
The thirty seven year old, aircraft painter, from Basildon, in Essex, who has asked not to be named, was working from scaffolding erected by DSJ Scaffolding Limited, around an aircraft located in Southend on Sea.
Southend Magistrates’ Court was told that the self employed painter fell from the scaffolds first level as he attempted to cross a wooden bridging board, which collapsed under his weight and sent him plummeting to the ground, over two metres below.
The painter injured his back and knees in the fall, which affected his day to day activities for several months afterwards.
An investigation into the incident by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) revealed that the plywood bridging board was clearly in a significant state of deterioration and as such was not fit for purpose.
DSJ Scaffolding Limited, of Trimingham, in Norwich, was fined £4,000 after admitting a breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act.
Speaking after the court hearing the prosecuting HSE inspector stated that the accident could easily have been prevented, as the damage to the board was obvious and should have been replaced.