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The Eltham-based owner of a Kent scaffolding business has been jailed for 15 months for safety failings after a worker plunged 14 metres to his death at a site in
The sentence, at
The latest conviction is the third that
He 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 a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation.
When it was eventually supplied, the missing paperwork enabled HSE to conclude its enquiries, and highlighted that
After a three-day trial at
HSE established that edge protection was missing from the scaffold, and that
Last year, combined fines of Pounds12,000 and costs of Pounds5,601 were imposed on
The breaches addressed
Speaking after the sentencing, HSE Inspector
"The family and friends of
"Our investigation into his tragic death was delayed for several months because of
"His wilful 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.
"The bottom line here is that
Grant's family added:
"The loss of Grant was a devastating shock to us and also his friends.
"There are rules and regulations in place for very good reasons and the most important of those is to save unnecessary loss of life. If all employers and companies abide by these rules then more families could be spared the pain and heartache that we have had to experience.
"HSE pursued this investigation despite the lack of co-operation by
Further information on working safely at height can be found at www.hse.gov.uk/falls
Notes to Editors
Photos of the site and the poor scaffolding, where
1. The Health and Safety Executive is
2. Regulation 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 states: "Every employer shall ensure that work at height is properly planned; appropriately supervised; and carried out in a manner which is so far as is reasonably practicable safe." Press enquiries
Regional reporters should call the appropriate Regional News Network press office. http://press.hse.gov.uk/regional-contacts/
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