A worker suffered serious head injuries and subsequently dies after falling nearly six metres from a scaffold tower deck.
The Glasgow scaffolding firm responsible; Extra Access Limited c/o Scott-Moncrieff, 25 Bothwell Street, Glasgow pleaded guilty at Hamilton Sheriff Court on July 31st 2015 to breaching section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
The court heard the condition of the scaffold tower deck was in a poor state of repair and in an unfit working condition, due to brown rot decay. When Mr Ballie walked on the scaffold deck it broke, causing him to fall through the scaffold tower, falling almost six meters to the ground.
Speaking after the case was heard, HSE inspector Graeme McMinn stated;
“The company failed to provide safe and suitable working equipment for their customer and his workers.
“There is no excuse for allowing the use at work of mobile access tower components that were in such a poor condition, the scaffolding industry is well aware of the risks involved in this type of work.
“Mr Baillie’s tragic death could have been avoided if Extra Access Limited had ensured the scaffold tower deck was properly inspected and maintained or otherwise taken out of service.”