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Fall from height leads to fines

Two Nottingham companies have been fined after a worker fell more than nine metres, injuring his back.

The 38-year-old employee of M-tech Engineering Limited fell from a mobile tower scaffold being used to install a steel staircase at a building in Convent Street, Nottingham, on 15 April 2009.

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Scaffolding firm fined after man's fall through roof

A construction firm has been prosecuted after a scaffolder suffered multiple injuries when he fell seven metres through a roof in Stoke-on-Trent.

The 28-year-old employee of Fred Lewis Scaffold Company Ltd was installing scaffolding on 30 April 2010 at a factory in Plantation Road, Newstead Industri…

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Scaffolding collapse kills two workers at Abu Dhabi site

Two workers died and a third was seriously injured when their scaffolding collapsed from the seventh level of a building under construction opposite Al Maraya Cinema in Abu Dhabi.

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NASC has released new Video Toolbox Talks

The NASC has recently released two Video Toolbox Talks to help explain and educate those working with scaffolding contractors on certain particular issues which are frequently misunderstood.

The two new videos are:

Explaining Scaffold Handover Certificates and Scaffold Inspections 
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Exeter pair fined £13,000 for scaffolding collapse

Partners in a company that erected unsafe scaffolding, which crashed to the ground in strong winds, were sentenced yesterday (Wednesday 16 November).

A large section of scaffolding erected by the firm at a builders' merchants on 25 March, 2009 fell away from the building, seriously damaging a num…

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Scaffold collapse leads to fine for Nottinghamshire director

The director of a scaffolding company from Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, has been fined after a roofing contractor was injured during a scaffold collapse.

The 48-year-old, from Nottingham, fell six metres and fractured his pelvis in four places after scaffolding built on behalf of David Kn…

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Louth man fined after joiner injured in scaffold fall

A man from Louth has been fined after a joiner broke his leg falling from scaffolding in the town.

Self-employed Mario Mazzarella was working on scaffolding built for him by Panther Scaffolding at the Helal Restaurant on Mercer Row in Louth on 9 November 2009, when a bus collided with the structur…

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Fulham scaffold collapse

ScaffMag has reported on scaffolding that collapsed in a busy stretch of road in Fulham. No one was passing at the time so no injuries have been reported.

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Aberdeen company fined after man falls from scaffolding

Spark's Mechanical Services Ltd, an Aberdeen electrical and refrigeration services company, has been fined £10,000 after a worker was seriously injured when he fell 2.6 metres from a scaffolding tower.

On 19 October 2010, Charles Howie was working on a scaffolding tower at Iceberg Ltd fish processi…

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Hastings scaffold firm fined for putting workers at risk

Totalscaff (GB) Ltd. has been fined after handing over unsecured scaffolding to a client, putting builders at risk.

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector visited a site at Claremont, Hastings, on 20 April 2010 where building repairs and external work were being carried out.

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Austrian worker injured in fall from height

A 21-year-old worker suffered serious head injuries as the result of a 10 metre fall from scaffold.

The man was rescued by helicopter from the new Reiterkogel-Ost mountain station in Saalbach-Hinterglemm after falling from a section of scaffold with no side barriers.

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Poole builders fined after scaffold fall

P O Sharps Landscapes has been sentenced after a carpenter was seriously injured when he fell three metres off scaffolding while working on a house extension.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reports that the working platform had no guardrails, and a ladder used to access the working platform a…

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Two firms fined for Bristol scaffold tube head injury

Previous post on 9 March 2011: Scaffold pole used as plumb line caused disabling injury

Two firms have been fined at Bristol Crown Court after a Bristol man suffered severe head injuries when a scaffolding tube fell on him from 15 stories, reports the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

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Scottish scaffold worker falls to his death

A worker has died following a fall from scaffolding outside a house. George Carr was working with a colleague in Dundee, yesterday, when he fell - he was treated at the scene by paramedics but died from his injuries.

The Health and Safety Executive is investigating the incident.

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Surrey company fined after scaffold collapse

Johnson Scaffold Services Ltd, of Chaldon in Surrey, has been fined after a large section of scaffolding collapsed at a site in Walton-on-Thames.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reports that the scaffolding was not installed according to the original drawings and had not been adequately tied. …

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Hastings scaffolder balanced eight metres without safety harness

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reports that a Hastings scaffolder has been fined for endangering himself and others after working on a four-storey scaffold with no harness.

A passing HSE inspector spotted Gareth Roser working without a harness - he was contracting for Battle-based Giant Scaf…

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Falling scaffold poles kill Orlando worker

The Orlando Sentinal reports that Tracy Irwin, 53, suffered fatal injuries when metal scaffolding fell from a forklift and hit her. It is reported that Irwin worked for a subcontractor for Cirque du Soleil, which has been renting the Amway Arena, where the incident occurred.

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Hertfordshire farm fined for worker's roof plunge

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has reported that a father and daughter who own and run a farm in Hertfordshire have been fined after an employee fell through a fragile barn roof and suffered multiple fractures.

Stefan Wasilewski, 39, was cleaning the roof of a barn standing on scaffold board…

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Company fined after unsafe work on roof

Mr Shea of Blackmoor Roofing, based at Petersfield Road, Greatham, Liss, Hampshire has been fined after workers were spotted removing roof tiles without scaffolding or safety barriers to prevent them falling.

One man was reportedly standing on the wet roof with no safety barriers or scaffolding, ano…

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Health and Safety News - 24 November 2010

Food firm fined after worker injured

An international frozen food company has been fined after a worker was injured by the moving blades of an industrial freezer.

Safety drive across West Yorkshire businesses bring dangers to light

More than 70 firms across West Yorkshire have been told to …

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