Scaffolding contractor fined after worker’s fall


Brighton Magistrates Court heard how, on 15th August 2019, Darren Barnett was dismantling temporary over-roof scaffolding at a site in Hailsham, East Sussex, when he fell through the scaffolding, hit the roof of the property below, and then rolled down to the ground. He fell approximately eight metres in total and sustained two brain haemorrhages, six vertebra fractures, a fractured shoulder blade and multiple rib fractures.

An investigation by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) found that the company had failed to properly plan the works in respect of giving consideration to how the temporary over roof should be dismantled safely.

Furthermore, Mr Barnett was only provided with a single lanyard harness that was not suitable for such works, rather than a twin lanyard harness. 

Zendrill Ltd of Bredhurst, Kent pleaded guilty to breaching Regulations 4 (1) (a) and 6 (3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005. The company was fined £16,667 and ordered to pay costs of £6,767 and a victim surcharge of £170.

HSE inspector Ross Carter said after the hearing: “The case highlights the importance of following industry guidance in order to design and dismantle scaffolding in a safe manner with the correct equipment made available to those undertaking the work.

“If a suitable safe system of work had been in place prior to the incident, the life changing injuries sustained by Mr Barnett would have been prevented.”

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