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    OVERHEAD CRANE CAUSED CHERRY PICKER INCIDENT

    Steel firm prosecuted after workman fell when crane struck MEWP

    BHC Ltd has been fined £20k after the company admitting failing to ensure the work at height was properly planned, appropriately supervised and carried out in safe manner.

    Steel erector Alexander Struthers, aged 36, was left with multiple fractures when the MEWP in which he was working was struck by an overhead crane. He was using the ‘cherry picker’ to drill holes in the roof of the paint workshop on 3 April 2008.

    The overhead crane in the workshop to move steel round around the shop floor. Mr Struthers was working with his back towards the crane and did not hear the crane moving towards him. It struck the MEWP causing it to topple over 5m to the ground.

    Incident was ‘completely avoidable’

    BHC Ltd pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4 of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 at Lanark Sheriff Court. The firm admitted failing to ensure the work at height was properly planned, appropriately supervised and carried out in a reasonably practicable safe manner.

    Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Inspector Eve Macready said:

    “This completely avoidable incident has had an enormous impact on Mr Struthers’ life.

    If BHC Ltd construction had properly planned or supervised the work they would have recognised that the overhead crane was a hazard and stopped it being used while Mr Struthers and his colleagues were working on the roof.

    “Duty holders have an obligation to ensure all work at height is properly planned and a proper risk assessment has taken place.”

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