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Scaffolding company fined over fatal fall

A Bristol scaffolding company has been sued after one of its employees plunged to his death from a temporary roof that was being dismantled.

In October 2006 a forty one year old employee, Shaun Stevens, was taking apart a temporary roof structure at Flooks Scaffolding, Britol when he fell around four metres.

Mr Stevens was rushed to hospital and was found to have suffered serious head injuries as a result of the fall. He died 12 days later as a result of the injuries suffered in the accident.

An investigation into the accident was started by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) who found Flooks Scaffolding guilty of attempting to fake a statement of the working method and poor health and safety management. When asked to provide the safety plan after the incident, Flooks Scaffolding provided the HSE with a document that had been written the day after the accident.

In court Flook Scaffolding was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive for breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act. The owner Russell Lee Flook, pleaded guilty all to account and was fined £3,000 and made to pay £1,000 of legal costs.

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