A self-employed scaffolder was killed when he fell 19 metres from a scaffolding platform. This tragic death could have been avoided and was a result of poor health and safety management and a lack of training. The case has highlighted the need for all those in the construction industry to be aware of the risks and learn management techniques from courses such as the SMSTS. Russell Samuel died after suffering from a fractured skull and multiple injuries after he slipped and fell of some scaffold. His injuries could have been prevented if he had received adequate health and safety training.

Carillion Construction and Febrey were prosecuted on November 23 at Swansea Magistrates Court. The HSE inspection that took place after the accident found that Febrey, the company who contracted Russell Samuel had very poor health and safety management systems. There was no communication between them and the workers, no instruction and this led to extreme risk of accidents for their workers and contractors. The management had not been trained and they consistently ignored the warnings they were given by their health and safety consultants. Carillion Construction was prosecuted because they were the principal contractor. They knew that Febrey were failing in their health and safety yet they failed to make the company improve.

Judge Wanted to Fine Febrey £250,000

Carillion Construction were fined £130,000 and ordered to pay £52,500 in costs after appearing in court to plead guilty for breaching two Health and Safety Regulations. Febrey would have also been fined £250,000; however the firm went into liquidation and so the judge could only fine them £85.00

Health and safety training must be a priority for all construction companies. Working from height is the biggest cause of fatalities and injuries which is why the Work at height Regulations has to be followed. Lives are at risk every day and so it is up to you to do everything possible to reduce the risks and help to keep your employees safe from harm.

SMSTS training courses are excellent courses aimed at managers within construction industries. The course only lasts for five days and in those five days multiple topics are covered, including working with scaffold. Call 0844 576 6750.