Scaffolder fined after unsafe work at height

A sole trader who worked as a scaffolder in London has been sentenced for unsafe working at height.

Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard how, in July 2018, David Redfern and two of his operatives were carrying out work on a scaffold in Kensington High Street without any measures in place to ensure they were not at risk of falling from height.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) , after receiving information from members of the public, found that Mr Redfern was unable to provide evidence of any risk assessments or method statements for the work he was carrying out. Nor was he able to provide evidence of planning work at height, the selection, use, and maintenance of suitable work equipment, ensuring those doing the work were competent, or arrangements for managing and supervising the work.

Mr Redfern, trading as RCR Scaffolding, of Havant, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 15(2) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 and fined £3,000 and ordered to pay £3,000 costs.

After the hearing, HSE inspector Saif Deen said: “HSE receives thousands of concerns from members of the public each year, and we investigate those which show serious risk. Corners must not be cut when dealing with employees’ safety, including working at height.”