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Suspended sentence and curfew for scaffolder following unsafe working practices

A Kent-based scaffolder has been sentenced after unsafe working practices were observed during the erection of scaffolding.

Medway Magistrates’ Court heard how, Mr Steven David Connolly was working at a site in Chartham, Kent when an inspector observed him employing unsafe working practices when erecting scaffolding.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found Mr Connolly was working unsafely and putting himself at serious risk of falling from the scaffold under construction. He ignored interjections of a HSE inspector, refusing to work safely and instead subjecting her to a torrent of abuse. Mr Connolly then left the scaffold in an unsafe and incomplete condition with no warning for subsequent users.

Mr Steven David Connolly of Greenacres, Lower Kingswood, Surrey pleaded guilty to breaching Regulations 6(3) and 8(a) of The Work at Height Regulations 2005. He was sentenced to 24 weeks imprisonment, suspended for 18 months. He has also been subject to the condition of a curfew between 9am and 5pm at his home address for which he will be tagged and ordered to pay costs of £2,000.