A Wigan scaffolder has been sentenced after scaffolding collapsed at a retail site in Loggerheads.
North Staffordshire Justice Centre heard the man had been subcontracted to erect a scaffold, with debris netting attached along its full length, for roofing work on a Co-Op retail store.
The man erected the scaffold with two of his employees, on 19 November 2015 but did not design the scaffold correctly or ensure it was tied to the building in any way.
On 5 December 2015 the scaffold collapsed into a car park at the side of the store.
A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that he had failed to properly design or erect the scaffold in a safe and appropriate manner and as a result put members of the public and workers at risk.
The man of, Pemberton, Wigan pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. He was fined £1400 and sentenced to 16 weeks in custody, suspended for 12 months. He was ordered to pay costs of £1648.