Work Safer On Scaffold Towers

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It may come as no surprise to learn that yet again falls from height continue to result in life changing or fatal injuries in the workplace.

In June 2018 The Health and Safety Executive report that Jhanade Ryan slipped on a roof, sliding down to the edge protection. The toe board of the edge protection snapped and he fell through the scaffold, landing on a sub-station flat roof. He sustained a fracture to his spine, a broken coccyx and nerve damage. Mr Ryan was in hospital for almost three months and is now unable to work due to ongoing mobility issues.

The investigation carried out by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the scaffolding company had not erected the scaffold to a known industry standard or design.

Unfortunately such accidents are showing no signs of abating despite the numerous warning issued by the health and safety executive. Scaffolding and scaffold towers are highly dangerous if they are not erected correctly. In addition, even a correctly assembled scaffold tower will be dangerous if it is not used in accordance with manufacturer guidelines and not designed for the work intended.

The tragedy is, many accidents could be so easily avoided. Working from height always carries a risk and without careful thought and consideration given on how best to carry out the required job is inevitably going to lead to serious accidents.

For more information on working safely on a scaffold tower, view our Scaffold Towers page here: https://www.laddersandscaffoldtowers.co.uk/acatalog/Scaffold-Towers.html

Source: http://press.hse.gov.uk/2018/two-companies-fined-after-worker-fell-from-height/

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