Health & Safety

Director handed suspended sentence after scaffold collapse

The director of a scaffolding company has been handed a 12-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, after an employee sustained fatal head injuries when the structure he was working on collapsed.

On 16 February 2017, two employees were working for Wembley Scaffolding Services, dismantling a structure on Cricklewood Broadway, London. The scaffold collapsed and one of the men fell over 5m onto the concrete pavement below. He died from his injuries a few weeks later.

The company director, Sean Chapple, had failed to carry out a suitable risk assessment, plan the work, and provide a design for erection and dismantling of the scaffold, Southwark Crown Court was told.
Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigators found that Chapple himself was not knowledgeable about the measures required to do this without putting people at risk and therefore didn’t follow the correct measures to ensure safe erection and dismantling of the scaffold.

Chapple admitted breaching Regulation 8(2)(ii) of the Work at Height Regulations; Sections 33(1)(a) and 37(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act; and Section 33(2) and Schedule 3A to the Act [as amended by Section 1 of the Health and Safety (Offences) Act 2008]. He was fined £1000, received a 12-week prison sentence suspended for one year, and was ordered to pay costs of £11,000.
Wembley Scaffolding Services pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 3(3)(b) and 8(b)ii of the Work at Height Regulations and Section 33(1)(c) of the Health and Safety at Work Act. The company was fined £7860 and ordered to pay the costs of £8940.

Please ensure that you check the competency of scaffold companies you may use, ensure you get;

• a compliance sheet (TG 20;13) or design sheet
• Handover certificate
• Pull tie records if used

If in doubt then please contact

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