Health and Safety in the news this week
Scaffolder faces jail after he was snapped working 60 feet up the side of a building wearing a harness that wasn’t hooked to anything
A scaffolder could be jailed after he was photographed working at 60 feet wearing a harness that wasn’t secured to anything.
Terrance Murray, 27, was erecting scaffolding at the side of a six storey building when he was unknowingly snapped by a retired health and safety inspector. He now faces up to six months in prison after he admitted breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act.
As part of work to renovate the windows at the Grade II-listed Sunlight House in Manchester, Murray was constructing scaffolding at the rear of the building, and in the photo, his apprentice can be seen working further down. Murray, who is an experienced scaffolder, can be seen standing on planks without having first erected a rail to stop him falling over the side, as required.
During his appearance at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court, he pleaded guilty to failing to take reasonable care for either himself or others who may have been affected by his acts and omissions while at work. He had not realised that he could be sent to prison for the offence, and the case was adjourned for him to consider obtaining legal representation as he had not been represented by a lawyer during the hearing.
After the hearing, HM Inspector of Health and Safety, Matt Greenly said:
“The potential for his actions was the death of a young man. This is a situation which could easily have been avoided. He has all the right equipment, but he chose, for some unknown reason, to take his life in his own hands that day”.