A Scaffolder caught erecting scaffolding 60ft without clipping on

A Magistrates’ Court yesterday heard how in June 2017 ***** was erecting scaffolding at the rear of a Grade II-listed building in Manchester as part of works to renovate the windows.

The court was told **** was spotted and photographed by a retired Health & Safety inspector wearing a harness but wasn’t clipped on, he was at least 60ft up on the top lift of the scaffolding.

In the image below, the experienced scaffolder can be seen standing on the top lift without first erecting a SG4 guardrail.


A local newspaper reports that ***** pleaded guilty to failing to take reasonable care for either himself or others who may have been affected by his acts and omissions while at work.

District Judge ***** adjourned the case when ****, who was not represented by a lawyer, admitted he hadn’t realised he could be sent to prison for the offence.

The case was adjourned until February 20.

After the hearing, HM inspector of health and safety Matt Greenly told The Manchester Evening News: “The potential for his actions was the death of a young man. This is a situation which could easily have been avoided. He had all the right equipment. “He chose for some unknown reason to take his life in his own hands that day.”

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