Terrance Murray is an experienced scaffolder and therefore presumably thought it was ok to take a risk; after all, as he might have thought, the likelihood of something going wrong would be low.
60ft from the ground, he was wearing his safety harness, whilst working from scaffolding set against a building in Manchester. The Problem? It was not attached to anything; he got down ok but the risks to those around him were captured by a retired health and safety inspector, who photographed his antics. The Result? He now faces jail for admitting breaches of the Health and Safety at Work Act.
The work was being undertaken at the rear of Sunlight House, a Grade II listed building on Quay Street in the City.
He was witnessed walking on planks with no side rail that might prevent a fall. The potential for life-threatening injuries were therefore significant, whether to him, his apprentice whom had been working below or members of the public on the ground.
Following the hearing, an HM inspector of health and safety said: “The potential for his actions was the death of a young man. This is a situation which could easily have been avoided. He had all the right equipment.”
Mr Murray, now facing jail, had not appreciated the significance of his actions but of course in such serious circumstances, there will be no leeway to him. The judge, at Salford Magistrates’ Court recommended he get himself a lawyer when the case comes before the court.
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