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Scaffolding company fined over death

Scaffolding company Apex Scaffolding Services (Sussex), as well as one of its directors and a supervisor, have been fined in relation to a fatal accident involving scaffolder Joe Murphy who fell to his death whilst constructing a scaffold “over-roof” at a property. The HSE had issued a Prohibition Notice against the firm and some employees relating to safety breaches on scaffolding prior to the incident, but the executive said poor attitude to safety in the organisation had continued.

Commenting, HSE inspector Melvyn Stancliffe said “HSE and the scaffolding industry have worked together to produce easy-to-follow guidance to help contractors ensure their scaffolding is safe … So there is no excuse for compromising safety, as was clearly the case here.

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