A building company, based in Surrey has been prosecuted after a part of scaffolding collapsed onto a street. Fortunately, no one was hurt as it miraculously missed hitting pedestrians and traffic.
The HSE prosecuted Alliance Building & Contracting Ltd on 3 October 2011 following an investigation which revealed that there were serious safety failings.
On 10 July 2013, Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard that the firm was hired as a contractor for a demolition project at a site in Fulham. Part of the scaffolding that was used by the firm collapsed and fell to the ground below from the first floor level.
The incident happened during the lunch hour which is quite a busy time of the day. A sixteen metre length of scaffolding had fallen on the pavement and traffic lane.
The firm is in voluntary liquidation now.
The investigation carried out by the HSE revealed that the firm had failed to manage work at height properly. The scaffold was on the building site for over a year, even after the demolition work had finished. The scaffold had not been inspected on a regular basis to ensure that it was safe to use.
The firm admitted to breaching Work at Height Regulations and was ordered to pay a fine of £10,000 in addition to £7,190 in costs.