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Firms fined following fall death

Howorth Scaffolding Services and Glenmill Group have been fined for safety breaches following the death of a construction worker in Lancashire.

Peter Walton, 55, died in hospital five weeks after falling 5m from scaffolding at an office development in Altham, near Accrington in 2006.

Preston Crown Court heard that Mr Walton was critically injured in the fall, which was caused by an unsecured board on the scaffolding giving way.

Howorth Scaffolding Services Ltd and Glenmill Group (Developments) Ltd both pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 by putting workers at risk.

Howorth Scaffolding was fined £25,000 and ordered to pay £13,793 toward the cost of the prosecution. Glenmill Group was ordered to pay a nominal fine of £1 with costs of £13,793 toward costs. The judge said the fines reflect the companies’ current financial situations.

Health and Safety Executive inspector Ian Connor said: “Both these companies contributed to Mr Walton’s death by failing to follow the proper safety procedures for putting up scaffolding.”