A scaffolder was fined £1400 and sentenced to 16 weeks in custody, suspended for 12 months and was also ordered to pay costs of £1,648.
North Staffordshire Justice Centre heard that Mark Kinsley had been subcontracted to erect a scaffold, with debris netting attached along the full length, for roofing work on the Co-Op store in Loggerheads.
Kinsley and two of his employees erected the scaffolding, on November 19, 2015 but the subcontractor did not design the scaffold correctly or ensure it was tied to the building in any way.
Health and Safety Executive Inspector Katherine Blunt stated that Mark Kinsley and two of his employees failed to properly design or erect the scaffold in a “safe and appropriate manner”.
“This was a very serious incident and it is fortunate nobody was injured as a result of it. “The case highlights the importance of following industry guidance and in order to design and erect scaffolding in a safe manner, which does not raise risk to members of the public and workers using the scaffold.”
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