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Scaffolding Collapses on Loft Conversion Project

A scaffolders was injured after a dramatic scaffolding collapse which took place outside a property in London in October 2013.

The scaffolder had a lucky escape following the scaffolding structure buckling resulting in the worker falling 6 metres to the ground along with numerous tools, scaffolding supplies and equipment.

Thomas Pastura aged 24, suffered fractured ribs and other minor cuts and abrasions. It was an extremely lucky escape for the scaffolder who could have killed or suffered far more serious injuries.

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Following a HSE inspection it was identified there was clear safety failings in the design of the scaffolding structure.

On March the 11th Westminster magistrates heard the scaffolding structure was developed to provide access to a roof where a loft conversion was in place.

It was established by the HSE the weight of the scaffolding supplies, tools and materials on the structure at the time of collapse was close to 3.5 tonnes.

It was also identified the weight of load was in excess of what the structure could safely support.

Lofty Creations Ltd, of Acton, London where fined £5,000 and ordered to pay a further £1,019 court costs after pleading guilty to a single breach of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007.

Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Simon Hester stated;

“The collapse would not have occurred had the scaffold been designed by a competent specialist to carry loads of 3.5 tonnes with an overhanging cantilever to accommodate the bay window.

That didn’t happen and Mr Pastura suffered a painful injury as a result – although he is perhaps fortunate not to have come off a lot worse.

Lofty Creations failed to adequately plan and design the scaffold that collapsed; failed to manage the storage of heavy materials; and ultimately failed to protect its workforce.”


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