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Scaffolder in the dock

24 June 2013

Anthony Dale of Camborne has pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(2) and Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and was fined £8,000 and ordered to pay £4,114 in costs, according to the Health & Safety Executive (HSE).

The HSE says the scaffolder was prosecuted at Truro Magistrates' Court for neglecting vital safety measures that put himself, his staff and passing members of the public at risk. The court heard that an HSE inspector saw workers on scaffolding with no edge protection at a property in Camborne in March 2012. They weren't wearing harnesses or lanyards to protect them from falls.

The Inspector issued an immediate Prohibition Notice on Anthony Dale Scaffolding, halting further work at the site until improvements were made. The court was told that following an investigation into Dale on another matter, Cornwall Council sent pictures to HSE showing him again working on scaffolding without edge protection or harnesses.

Workers for Dale and Dale himself were seen twice on scaffolding with no edge protection or safety equipment that could have helped them in the event of a fall at sites in Chapel Street, Penzance, and Coinagehall Street, Helston, in 2012.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Barry Trudgian, said: "Work at height is the biggest single cause of fatal and serious injury in the construction industry. Anthony Dale's reckless disregard of basic safety precautions demonstrates a totally a cavalier approach to the health and well-being of his workers and of passers-by, let alone himself.

"The risks of working at height are widely-known and recognised and there is a wealth of guidance available from HSE and the industry. There can really be no excuse for not putting basic precautions in place. Simple measures such as providing guardrails and having the correct safety equipment could save someone's life."

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