Dangerous scaffolding in Brighton street lands firm with £1.3k fine

Posted On 21 Apr 2015 at 3:58 pm

A scaffolding business has been fined for exposing drivers and pedestrians to danger in a Brighton street.

The owners of Unlimited Scaffolding Ltd put up an unlicensed and unsecured scaffold in St George’s Terrace, in Kemp Town, earlier this year.

Len Batten, prosecuting on behalf of Brighton and Hove City Council, told Eastbourne Magistrates’ Court that a member of staff spotted the scaffolding on Thursday 26 February.

Mr Batten said that a council highway enforcement officer noticed that the scaffold was not displaying a licence and, in his opinion, posed a danger to pedestrians and drivers.

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The scaffolding was free standing and not tied into any building or marked with high-visibility tape or any padding.

Scaffolding poles were at an angle across the pavement and could not easily be seen by pedestrians.

The company failed to respond to the officer’s request to make the scaffolding safe. As a result the council instructed another company to remove the structure.

The company, based in Wednesbury, in the West Midlands, and run by Gerard Mcguigan, 37, pleaded guilty by post. The case was dealt with by Eastbourne Magistrates’ Court on Friday (17 April).

The court fined Unlimited Scaffolding £400 and ordered it to pay £860 costs and a £40 victim surcharge.

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