Fatal scaffolding work injury prompts safety warnings

Two construction firms have had a sharp reminder of their duty to provide a safe environment after a fatal work injury took the life of a man in Milton Keynes and left two others wounded.

Three people were working on the Jury’s Inn site in Witan Gate when the scaffolding collapsed, trapping them beneath rubble.

Father of three John Robinson died three days later as a result of his injuries, while the two other men suffered broken bones.

McAleer & Rushe and Lee Smith Carpentry Limited have both been fined over the incident.

"It is totally unacceptable for companies to disregard the safety of their workers," commented Health and Safety Executive inspector Stephen Hartley.

"If the scaffolding had been designed, erected and managed properly, this incident would never have happened."

It follows news that scaffolding business MWS Scaffolding has been fined after a worker fell ten metres, suffering a broken leg.ADNFCR-2070-ID-19476803-ADNFCR

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