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LIFTING OPERATION PROSECUTION

Fines exceed £1m after death during lifting operation 

Talisman Energy UK Ltd and Aker Kvaerner Offshore Partner Ltd have been fined a combined sum of £1.2m following the death of one man and the injury of another who were struck by falling steel clamps on a floating installation when a lifting operation went wrong. The fines include a discount of 25% for tendering guilty pleas.

HSE Principal Inspector Colin Richards said that the incident should remind “everyone in the offshore industry and elsewhere that lifting operations are hazardous and must be carried out in a safe manner. The system of work must include methods to prohibit personnel from entering the danger zone while the lifting operation is taking place. It must also include an effective and agreed system of communication among the personnel involved.”

Comment: These are significant fines although they will have taken in account the ability of the defendants to pay. The incident is typical of what can, and sadly still does, occur during lifting operations in the construction industry. It is a reminder of how hazardous lifting operations are and of the need for detailed planning and careful implementation of precautions at all times.  

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