Company and director fined after worker dies

A scaffolding firm, its director and a supervisor have been ordered to pay fines totalling GBP 6,500 and costs of GBP 10,000 after a worker from East Sussex was killed in an accident at work.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted Apex Scaffolding (Sussex) Ltd, its director, Michael Walsh, and Leslie Hustwayte, a supervisor, for negligence and defects that contributed to the incident.

Hastings Magistrates' Court heard that Joseph Murphy had been constructing a scaffold over-roof in St Leonards on Sea, when he fell.

An investigation by the HSE found a number of defects with the scaffolding at the site, including missing hand rails and incomplete scaffold platforms.

After the hearing, HSE inspector Melvyn Stancliffe said that easy to follow guidance has been produced for the scaffolding industry, before adding that there is no excuse for the failures.

"It is essential that contractors and contract managers equip themselves with the necessary information and guidance material and apply it every time a scaffold is built," he added.

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