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Court issues £20,000 in fines after scaffold fall


THORNE Barton Estates and Gemini Riteway Scaffolding were fined £3,300 and £17,000 respectively at Maidenhead Magistrates'Court last week after a self-employed painter was left disabled in a fall through scaffolding.

Alan Miah, 42, fell 3.5 m when a scaffold board he was standing on broke beneath him.

Safety inspector Karen Morris said: 'This was a terrible accident, but one which was avoidable.An inspection of the scaffold after the incident showed that the scaffold board that broke had several knots in it, which contributed to its lack of strength and subsequent failure.

'When the scaffold was erected, Thorne Barton did not receive a handover certificate from Gemini and the scaffold was not inspected by a competent person.'

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