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FATALITY: DEMOLITION DEATH INVOLVING MEWP

Demo workman using cherry picker crushed against steel structure

It has been reported that an investigation has been launched after James Kay, a 62-year-old demolition worker, died on a demolition project  at the Sonae plant in Kirby, Merseyside whilst working from a ‘cherry picker’. He is understood to have been crushed against a metal girder.

Mr Kay was employed at the Sonae site by Andrew Connolly Demolition. The company is demolishing a section of the works damaged by a fire at the beginning of June 2011. This part of the site is under the control of the demolition company, which is the principal contractor. Andrew Connolly, managing director, said:

“We are extremely saddened by this tragic incident and our deepest sympathies are with his family. A full investigation is now under way to establish exactly what happened in the segregated area of the plant that was under our control.”

Comment

Guidance was issued recently by the Construction Plant-hire Association (CPA) concerning the management of risk arising when using MEWPs in areas of confined steelwork.

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