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Company fined after contractor falls from scaffold

Date:
18 April 2018

Beaudecor Ltd has today plead guilty and been fined after a worker fell from scaffolding.

Westminster Magistrates Court heard how, on 4 October 2016, a contractor fell from the third level of a scaffold whilst undertaking work on the front of low rise block of flats located in the borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. The contractor was put into an induced coma for three days having suffered a broken vertebra, several broken ribs, collapsed lung and damage to his liver.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive found that Beaudecor Ltd had allowed its contractor to use a scaffold without effective edge protection, no mid rails on the scaffold sides, to prevent a person falling from either side of the scaffold on the first three levels of said scaffold.

Beaudecor Ltd of 58 Oliphant Street, London W10 4EF pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 6(3) of Work at Height Regulations 2005 and has been fined £3,000 and ordered to pay costs of £2,900.

Speaking after the case, HSE Inspector Ian Shearring said: “The risk associated with working at height is well-known and Beaudecor Ltd failed in its duty to address this. Their failure was compounded by the fact that the required protective measures, mid rails, were in place on the very top level of the scaffold but not the others. Beaudecor Ltd has today been held to account for failing to take adequate action to protect the health and safety of persons working on their site.”

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