Scaffold erected to protect public collapses

Grant Prior 10 months ago
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Scaffolding designed to protect the public collapsed across the entrance to the car park of Coventry Skydome.

Coventry Magistrates’ Court heard how on 3 March 2020 the structure, which was approximately 13 metres in length and four metres high and had been erected to protect the public from falling debris, blew down in high winds.

An HSE investigation found that the scaffolding was not adequately fixed into the structure and was not designed and installed to withstand foreseeable wind loads.

The management of the scaffolding operation was well below the expected standard because it did not identify the need for a bespoke design, required to ensure the strength and stability of the proposed scaffolding structure.

Climar Scaffolding Limited of Birmingham pleaded guilty to breaching CDM regulations and was fined £15,000 and ordered to pay costs of £2,532.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Edward Fryer said: “Scaffolds need to be adequately tied, in line with the recognised health and safety requirements or a bespoke design should be created based on established engineering principals.

“In this case the scaffolding was not properly designed or adequately tied into the permanent structure.

“It’s only a matter of fortune that nobody was seriously injured, the collapse presented a significant risk to the safety of the public.”

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