******, aged 53, has been jailed for 15 months for safety failings after a workman fell 14m to his death at a site in North West London in July 2012.
Mr **** was fined at two separate appearances at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in January and March last year for offences relating to the non-disclosure of essential documents to support the HSE investigation. When the documents were supplied it enabled HSE to conclude its enquiries and highlighted that he could and should have done more to prevent the fall.
Lack of edge protection and / or fall arrest
Employee, Scaffolder ******l, 25, was working on the structure when he fell, sustaining fatal injuries. HSE established that edge protection was missing from the scaffold, and that Mr **** was not provided with any other means e.g. fall arrest harness, to prevent or mitigate a fall.
Mr **** was found guilty after defending the case and sent to prison for 15 months for breaching the Work at Height Regulations 2005.
Speaking after the sentencing, HSE Inspector Jack Wilby commented:
His willful obstruction only served to accentuate the fact that his systems and procedures for safely managing work at height were sorely lacking, and fell short of the standards expected from a competent Scaffolder.