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Fall from scaffold leads to fines

A property development company, a roofer and a scaffolder have been fined after a worker sustained serious injuries after falling nearly four metres from unsafe scaffolding.

Self-employed roofer Russell Sellars, was installing a roof at Vale Garage on Highbury Road, Bulwell, when fellow roofer Nigel Pleace dislodged a 185kg coping stone on a chimney that struck scaffolding and caused it to collapse.

Mr Sellars broke a number of bones in his neck and had to have 21 stitches to wounds on both legs. He has not returned to work since the incident on 19 October 2010.

The HSE investigation found Mr Sellars had been sub-contracted to carry out the roofing work by Mr Pleace, who was in turn working for 4Brothers Properties Ltd. 4Brothers had also contracted David Williams, trading as Midland Scaffolding, to carry out scaffolding work at the premises.

The scaffolding provided around the building did not conform to any recognised industry standard nor had been the subject of a scaffold design. It also was not properly tied to the building to prevent it coming away from the wall.

HSE also found that Mr Pleace had failed to plan for the roof work to be carried out in a safe manner.

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