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407 Unsafe timber scaffolding

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A rickety temporary scaffold had been constructed from 4”x2” (100mm x 50mm) timber and scaffold boards apparently nailed together, says a reporter.

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A rickety temporary scaffold had been constructed from 4”x2” (100mm x 50mm) timber and scaffold boards apparently nailed together, says a reporter. As a professional duty of care, he emailed the Local Authority Building Control Department to strongly suggest that a Building Control Officer or Council Engineer visit the site and condem the scaffold structure before someone had a serious accident. He also telephoned the authority who advised him that they could not act in connection with a scaffold as it wasn't permanent works. After all the most critical stage in a development (or in this case maintenance) of a building is when there are temporary works. I have tried calling HSE to discuss this issue via the Concerns Team phone line but gave up waiting. However, the reporter later received confirmation from the local authority that the property was visited and the scaffold removed.

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