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Sproughton scaffolding company to pay £516k for health and safety breaches

Posted by Communications on 16 February 2022 | Comments

A steel stockholder company based in Sproughton, has been ordered to pay almost £516k for health and safety offences.

Brisko Scaffolding Ltd pleaded guilty and was sentenced for multiple health and safety offences at Chelmsford Magistrates Court this month (3 February).

They must now pay a total of £515,527.65 including costs of £15,527.65 to the council and a victim surcharge of £170 for the offences, which date back to an accident at the company's Sproughton base on 21 November 2019.

Officers inspected the company after an employee suffered a life-changing injury following an accident at work, due to a lack of necessary health and safety measures being in place.

The council served the company with a Prohibition Notice, prohibiting them from moving whole stacks of steel bundles in one go.

Unfortunately, following further evidence provided by the injured employee, the council found the company had failed to comply with the notice.

Following representations made by Babergh District Council’s prosecutor David Smithet at court, Brisko Scaffolding Ltd was sentenced for the following offences:

  • Failing to provide a safe system of work, as required by Section 2(2)(a) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and contrary to Section 33(1)(a) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974;
  • Failing to provide adequate instruction supervision or training, as required by Section 2 (2)(c ) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and contrary to Section 33)1)(a) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974;
  • Failing to carry out a suitable and sufficient risk assessment, as required by Regulation 3(1) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 and contrary to Section 33(1)(c) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974;
  • Failure to comply with a Prohibition Notice contrary to Section 33 (1)(g) of the Health and Safety at Work Etc Act 1974

Cllr Dr Siân Dawson, cabinet member for environment at Babergh District Council, said:

“Whether at work, eating at a restaurant, or out and about in the district, our officers work hard to keep everyone safe.

“We support our businesses with the advice and guidance they need to provide safe working environments and experiences for residents, and share intelligence and work in partnership with other authorities across the country.

“While we always take a graduated enforcement approach, with prosecution being the last resort, this conviction shows the vital importance of good health and safety practices and sends a clear message that breaches will not be tolerated.”

Businesses wishing to seek advice or guidance regarding health and safety at work can visit the Health and Safety Executive website or email the council's food and safety team