The director of a Nottinghamshire scaffolding company has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), after a roofing contractor suffered serious personal injury when his scaffolding collapsed.
The forty eight year old roofer suffered multiple fractures to his pelvis, after the scaffolding he was working from, at a domestic property in Montpelier Road, collapsed and he plummeted six metres to the ground below.
An investigation into the incident by the HSE concluded that the scaffolding had not been erected to a standard configuration, had not been tied and did not look like the work of a competent person.
Fifty four year old David Knowles, from Kirkby-in-Ashfield, was fined £5,000 and ordered to pay a total of £3,944 in court costs after pleading guilty to a breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act, following an appearance at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court.
Speaking after the court hearing an inspector from the HSE stated that the accident would never have happened had the scaffolding been erected by someone competent, adding that construction workers lives depended on safe scaffolding.
Falls from height remain one of the biggest causes of serious personal injury in the workplace; many employees injured in such a way go on to make successful accident at work compensation claims.