Health & Safety is just needless red tape, right?

We know that Health & Safety is not everyone’s favourite topic. Often, it’s accompanied by much head scratching and sighing as firms try to get to grips with what they see as needless red tape.

Whilst firms can often feel like they are drowning in regulations if they fail to follow the rules correctly they could find themselves in a world of pain and facing significant fines.

To give you an idea of the types of fines we’re talking about following safety failings we’d like to share with you the details of a court case which were recently released by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

The case involving a scaffolding company which was fined for safety failings after scaffolding collapsed on to a street in Maidenhead while it was being dismantled.

High Wycombe Magistrates’ Court heard the collapse could have resulted in serious injury or loss of life.

An investigation was carried out by the HSE following the incident that occurred on the 30 April 2018. It was found that the underlying cause of the scaffold collapse was a lack of training and adequate instruction.

The worker carrying out the dismantling of the scaffold and removal of the scaffold ties was not adequately trained. Subsequent high winds acting upon the monoflex sheeting on the day of the collapse caused the scaffold to act as a “giant sail” and subsequently toppled over into the street.

Formula Scaffolding (London) Limited of Church Lane, Chessington, was found guilty in their absence to breaching section 3(1) of Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and have been fined £160,000 and ordered to pay costs of £11,533.36.

We know that firms can find it difficult to get their heads around health and safety law, so we aim to take that worry away from them.

As a leading health and safety consultancy in the UK, here at Acorn Safety Services we’re passionate about promoting the importance of undertaking effective health and safety measures within the workplace.

Our constant endeavour is to help individuals, schools, businesses, organisations, hospitals and local authorities practice health and safety management to protect people from harm and save them from potentially crushing fines.

We have the capability to exceed the diverse needs of our clients – from conducting a site safety inspection of a construction site to performing fire risk assessments at schools and providing CDM (Construction, Design and Management) consultancy services on behalf of duty holders and much more.

Whatever your requirements, we have the ability, experience and qualifications to execute any project with and success and to your satisfaction.

If you need health and safety advice visit or contact us at or on 01604 930380.

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Ian Stone