A Lincolnshire Businessman has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), after a bus collided with scaffolding that protruded into a busy high street.
No one on the bus was injured but self employed joiner Mario Mazzarella, from Louth, in Lincolnshire, was knocked from the scaffolding and fell a distance of four metres to the ground below.
Mr. Mazzarella suffered serious personal injury in the accident, including a broken leg.
An investigation by the HSE revealed that the scaffolding had not been erected in a safe manner and that the scaffolding jutted out into the road at a height which produced a hazard for oncoming traffic.
Andrew Mark Judge of Scamblesby, in Louth, trading as Panther Scaffolding, was fined £15,000 and ordered to pay court costs totalling £3,739 after admitting a breach of the Work at Height Regulations and the Health and Safety at Work Act, following a successful prosecution by the HSE at Skegness Magistrates’ Court.
Speaking after the court hearing a HSE inspector stated that failing to provide adequate scaffolding was caused by poor planning before work commenced and inadequate safety checks before the scaffolding was handed over to the joiner.
Falls from height remain one of the biggest causes of serious personal injury in the UK today; many employees go on to make successful injury at work compensation claims.