A Scaffolding firm based in Surrey has been fined after a large section of scaffolding collapsed at a site in Walton-on-Thames.

Johnson Scaffolding Services LTD,the company involved in the incident
were prosecuted by the HSE, for breaching health and safety laws which led to the incident on the 18 December 2009.

Staines Magistrates’ Court heard how Johnson Scaffold Services Ltd erected sheeted scaffolding around a building in Copenhagen Way, Surrey, to enable a separate contractor to refurbish the roof.

Once the work was completed, the structure was partially removed on 17 December 2009, leaving some of the sheeted scaffolding still standing. During the early hours of the following morning, a 200 foot long, 40 foot high section of the scaffolding was blown to the ground.

The HSE investigation showed the scaffolding was not installed according to the original drawings and had not been adequately tied. It was left in an unsafe condition overnight while being dismantled.

The company pleaded guilty of breaching Section 2(1) and Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and was fined £7,500 and ordered to pay costs of £7,000.

After the hearing, HSE’s inspector Denis Bodger said:

“This was a serious incident that could have resulted in severe injury or worse, it was sheer luck that meant no one was in the way of the scaffolding when it collapsed.