Milton Keynes scaffolding collapse 11 April 2006
Updated information 29 September 2009
Following its investigation into the fatal scaffold collapse at Milton Keynes in April 2006, HSE has brought criminal proceedings against: McAleer & Rushe Limited of Cookstown, Northern Ireland, Lee Smith Carpentry Limited of Romsey Hampshire, NNM Scaffolding Limited of Leicester and Mr John King, Director of NNM Scaffolding Ltd. NNM Scaffolding Ltd has since been wound up.
On Friday, 13 February 2009 McAleer & Rushe Ltd pleaded guilty in Milton Keynes Magistrates Court to breaching section 2 and 3 of the Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974; a warrant was issued for the arrest of Mr King. On Tuesday, 29 September 2009 in Peterborough Crown Court (sitting in Huntingdon) Lee Smith Carpentry Ltd pleaded guilty to four breaches of health and safety regulation. Both companies will be sentenced on Monday, 23 November 2009 in the Crown Court, Huntingdon.
Background to incident
On Tuesday 11 April 2006, just after noon, an independent tied perimeter scaffold collapsed at McAleer & Rushe construction site in Milton Keynes. The collapse started on the West Elevation (facing Witan Gate), with a partial collapse of the North Elevation (facing Midsummer Boulevard). The scaffold collapse was contained within the Jury's Inn site boundary. Three workers who were on the scaffold sustained multiple injuries. Sadly, one worker, John Robinson, died 3 days later in hospital.
In 2006 the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) issued a safety alert to the construction industry following this incident. The warning aims to alert those working on similar projects to the importance of their arrangements to provide and maintain stable scaffolds. HSE recommends that those arrangements are reviewed regularly.