Kent company fined £2k following scaffolding accident at work
A Kent-based scaffolding firm has been fined £2,000 following an accident at work in which an employee suffered life-changing injuries.
The untrained worker was passing boards down to another employee from the first lift of a scaffold when he lost his footing and fell to the concrete floor below.
It has been reported that the man suffered a severe head injury, meaning that he needed surgery to remove the frontal lobe of his brain, and he may never be able to work again.
A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation showed that edge protection has already been removed from the scaffolding despite the worker still using the structure. Furthermore, although the platform was originally six boards wide, it was only three boards wide when the worker was standing on it.
Following the hearing, an HSE inspector said, "What happened that day was totally preventable if simple working methods had been followed and the untrained workers had been more closely and better supervised to ensure they carried out the work safely."
The company pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 following the accident at work.