Firm lands a fine after putting its employees at risk with unsafe scaffolding


Following a routine inspection by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) it was found that employees of a company were at risk of falls at work because the scaffolding they were working on was unsafe.

The workers risked falls from scaffolding that had no edge protection in place and also because an access ladder was too short and unsecured.

In the construction industry, falls from height are the largest cause of serious injuries and even fatalities. Last year alone more than 4,000 people suffered major injuries after falling from height at work. 21 of those died.

A HSE spokesperson said: "The law is quite clear and there is much guidance provided by the HSE and industry bodies on the required standards for working at height."

The company was fined £1,000 and ordered to pay costs of £799.

Accidents in the workplace happen daily and here at Simpson Millar LLP Solicitors we have a specialist team who will help you to claim compensation if you fall at work or have any other accident at work that was not your fault.

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