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Contractor fined after 85m scaffold spills into street

A Teeside based scaffolding contractor has been fined £4,000 at Teeside Magistrates after an 85m high scaffold collapsed into a public street.

William Bedford, trading as B&J Scaffolding, was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive following the incident in Jedburgh Street, Middlesbrough in 2008.

Mr Bedford was fined £4,000 and ordered to pay costs of £2,500 after pleading guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

HSE inspector Natalie Wright said: “”The scaffold had been used as a working platform for at least five days before the incident, by workers on site carrying out work to the house fronts. It could have collapsed at any time, creating a significant risk to workers and members of the public.

“This incident demonstrates how important it is for contractors to follow the requirements for the construction of scaffolds.

“Contractors need to ensure that they meet the relevant standards in their work to erect safe and stable scaffolds, so that they do not expose workers and members of the public to risk.”