Scaffolder fined for safety failings
A Carmarthenshire scaffolding company has been fined more than £10,600 for safety failings which exposed workers to "serious risks of injury" from a fall.
It followed an inspection on 22 May 2014 by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) at a site in Old Station Road, Carmarthen.
At the time, a scaffolder was seen standing on a platform only two boards wide at a height of approximately four metres. There were no guard rails in place or any other means to prevent a fall, such as the use of a harness.
Llanelli Magistrates' Court heard that it "wasn't the first time" that HSE had been forced to take action against Castle Scaffolding (Wales) Ltd for unsafe work at height.
Castle Scaffolding (Wales) Ltd of Old Coal Yard was fined a total of £10,600 and ordered to pay £2,500 in costs after pleading guilty to breaching Regulation 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and Regulation 5 of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.
HSE inspector Hayley Healey said: "While it is fortunate that no-one was injured during the work in Old Station Road, the erection and dismantling of the scaffold was clearly unsafe, and those working on the scaffolding were exposed unnecessarily to high levels of risk.
"Death and serious injury following falls from height are all too common, and proper planning is vital to ensure the work is carried out safely and that the correct precautions are identified and used at all times."