Scaffolders get suspended jail sentences after site death

Grant Prior 2 years ago
Share

Two scaffolders from Cornwall have received suspended prison sentences following the death of a worker in a seven metre fall.

Roger Stoddern died from his injuries after three weeks in hospital

Roger Stoddern, 47, was dismantling scaffolding on 24 June 2013, when he fell from a flat roof of a property in St Mawes.

He was taken to Derriford Hospital but died three weeks later due to the severity of his injuries.

Truro Crown Court heard how Stoddern was stacking 3m roofing sheets on the flat roof of the property without any edge protection.

The safety railing had been removed to allow access to the flat roof so the sheets could be stacked.

The court also heard how one of the defendants replaced the safety rail following the incident to cover up the cause of the incident.

The HSE’s investigation, alongside Devon and Cornwall police, found that Colin Marshall Scaffolding was not qualified to erect the scaffolding and there was evidence no personal protective equipment, such as harnesses, was used.

The condition of the scaffolding also failed to meet current safety standards.

Colin Marshall, of St Austell, founder of the business pleaded guilty to safety breaches and was given a four-month prison sentence suspended for two-years.

James Marshall, also of St Austell, Colin’s son and business partner was handed an eight-month sentence suspended for two-years. They were ordered to pay costs of £25,661.

The HSE inspector said: “Colin Marshall and James Marshall are responsible for the death of Roger Stoddern.

“It was entirely preventable and should not have happened. The risks of working at height are known.

“Scaffolders must ensure they use the right protective equipment and have sufficient edge protection in place to prevent workers falling.”

Latest news

Kier raises £24m from Australian road business sell-off

KHSA road assets and management services business offloaded to pay down debt
2 hours ago

Wates rejigs construction senior management

Mark Tant promoted to new managing director role at construction division
23 hours ago

Stansted Airport expansion wins council approval

Ambitious airport expansion plans scrape through local planning
2 hours ago

Robot bricklayer builds house in under three days

Tech company hails a "quantum leap for the construction industry"
2 hours ago

Lendlease lands Oxford Street office and retail scheme

Main construction work to start early next year at Oxford House
2 hours ago

Green light for 335 PRS flats in Sheffield

Work to start next year on multi-block Sylvester Street scheme
2 hours ago

Alun Griffiths signs £70m final phase Worcester link road

Contractor to start work in March on A4440 Worcester Southern Link Road
22 hours ago

Interserve fights to quell stock market jitters

Share price rallies after plunging to all time low yesterday as group denies crisis
1 day ago

Crossrail contractors facing overtime clawback

Bills questioned in race to get the job completed
1 day ago

Heathrow names airport expansion delivery boss

KPMG's Emma-Jane Houghton joins in February and is in charge of procurement, contracts and costs
1 day ago

British Land aims to start £385m London project duo

Developer looks to start major Shoreditch scheme and Paddington hotel within 12 months
1 day ago

Sisk tipped for Sheffield Park Hill estate student scheme

Work to start early next year on plan to convert former housing block to student rooms
1 day ago

East London raid saves modern slavery victims

Man arrested and six potential victims safeguarded
1 day ago

Contractor closes down concrete products business

Mounting losses force Concrete Products (Kirkcaldy) to cease trading
2 days ago

Payroll company ceases trading blaming VAT changes

Sprite shuts down as tax change looms which could have huge impact on construction
2 days ago

HS2 unveils Crewe Link £1.6bn civils bid plan

HS2 Phase 2a to be split into two civils packages worth over £750m
2 days ago

Landsec grows London pipeline of work to £2bn

Developer confident about property market in the capital
2 days ago

Plan for Sheffield’s tallest building approved

32-storey private rental flats scheme gains outline planning
2 days ago

McCarthy & Stone plans more competitive tendering regime

Retirement homes specialist advances building cost reduction plan
2 days ago

£384m North London community scheme approved

Britannia Leisure scheme will be built next to Shoreditch Park in Hackney
2 days ago

Forrest sites closed as contractor tries to refinance business

Company denies administration rumours as talks with banks continue
3 days ago

Pre-construction work starts on £1bn Silvertown Tunnel

Specialist ITM Monitoring lands deal under pioneering Tfl framework
3 days ago

Wates appoints former Willmott Dixon finance chief

Philip Wainwright joins as new Chief Financial Officer
3 days ago

Spurs strike deal to use Wembley for whole season

Club agrees contingency plan if new stadium still not ready in the New Year
4 days ago

Galliford Try appoints new highways ops director

Three former Carillion directors now senior directors at highways business
3 days ago

Plan for £410m London Camden Lock estate rebuilds

Estate rebuilds and linked Barratt scheme will deliver 1,300 homes at Camden Goods Yard site
3 days ago

McAvoy wins Northumbria offsite hospital wing job

£15m order for new wing at Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital in Cramlington.
3 days ago

Strabag confirmed for potash mine tunnel fit-out

Yorkshire potash mine developer signs off final construction contract
3 days ago

Gravity probe could spell an end to hole digging on sites

Scientists get funding for new generation of sensors which could revolutionise ground investigation work
6 days ago

Amey wins £50m North West roads design

Amey Consulting secures Area 10 design deal adding to its maintenance contract
6 days ago

Contractor services