Turner Access Higher Safety Total Access
Total Access Ethentic Chipmunk Data
Chipmunk Data Turner Access Ethentic

VEHICLE CRANE FAILURES LEAVE WORKER PARALYSED

Defective catch, poor training and slinging practice caused life changing incident

Spectra Scaffolding Ltd has been prosecuted after a scaffolder was crushed by scaffold tubes which fell from a vehicle mounted crane on 7 November 2008 on refurbishment project in Stoke-on-Trent. David Collins, a 31-year-old father of two suffered severe injuries to his head, back and leg and is now paraplegic.

Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard how Mr Collins was unloading scaffolding tubes from the back of a truck using a vehicle-mounted crane. He was standing under the load and operating the crane controls when a sling detached from the crane hook causing the scaffold tubes to fall onto him. HSE investigators found Mr Collins had not been properly trained or supervised and that work was not properly planned.

The court also heard that a safety catch on the crane hook was faulty. The company had known about this for some time before the incident yet no action was taken to replace the catch. Mr Collins had not been trained to realise the importance of the catch.

Workman not sufficiently trained in use of crane and slings

Spectra Scaffolding, of Warth Road Industrial Estate, Bury, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 8(1) of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 and Regulation 5(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and was fined £40,000 and ordered to pay £45,000 costs.

HSE inspector Mr Lindsay Hope said after the hearing:

“As a result of this incident Mr Collins has been severely disabled and could easily have been killed.

Companies that operate lorry-mounted cranes must ensure their operators undertake appropriate, recognised training in all aspects. Operators of lorry-mounted cranes must be competent to use the equipment properly and plan safe lifting in variable site conditions.

In this instance, the lift wasn’t properly planned or supervised and Mr Collins hadn’t been sufficiently trained in how to use the crane and slings properly.

Furthermore, the equipment had not been properly maintained and should never have been used.”

Latest Construction Health and Safety News

HSE ENFORCEMENT WEEKLY UPDATE 17th JAN 2018

hselogo1Prosecutions and enforcement notices weekly update and analysis

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 18th January 2018

PARLIAMENT CALLS FOR WORKING AT HEIGHT ADVICE

Group of MPs seek to understand fatal fall causes and solutions

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 18th January 2018

FIRM FINED OVER FATAL FRAGILE ROOFLIGHT FALL

Work at height not planned, supervised or carried out safely

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 18th January 2018

EXCAVATOR CRUSHED DUMPER OPERATOR

Reversing excavator operations not separated from pedestrians

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 12th January 2018

REFURB CONTRACTORS FINED £1.1 MILLION

Tenant fell 5m through fragile surface whilst walking to home

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 12th January 2018

HSE ENFORCEMENT WEEKLY UPDATE 10th JAN 2018

hselogo1Prosecutions and enforcement notices weekly update and analysis

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 10th January 2018

STRUCTURAL SAFETY BODY LATEST NEWSLETTER

CROSS publishes reports and expert comment on a range of issues

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 10th January 2018

HSE REACH OUT TO RESOLVE RISK MANAGEMENT

Construction Industry Advisory Network (CONIAN) launched

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 10th January 2018

HSE ENFORCEMENT WEEKLY UPDATE 4th JAN 2018

hselogo1Prosecutions and enforcement notices weekly update and analysis

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 4th January 2018

FAILURE TO PROTECT PUBLIC FINED £600,000

Two elderly people injured during construction of disabled ramp

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 2nd January 2018

MAINTENANCE AND MANAGEMENT FIRM FINED

Joist failed and workman fell during flat roof replacement works

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 2nd January 2018

FALL ON BLOCK AND BEAM FLOORING SYSTEM

Contractors failed to respond to planned fall protection problems

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 2nd January 2018

FIRMS FAILED TO INSTALL FLOOR AS DESIGNED

Principal contractor penalised for not spotting contractor error

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 2nd January 2018

LINTEL COLLAPSED DURING LOWERING OPERATION

Two workers injured as support props and structure topple

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 2nd January 2018

CDM 2015: SEEING THE WOOD FOR THE TREES

End of year reflections on CDM 2015, health, safety and harm

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 21st December 2017

FESTIVE GREETINGS TO ALL OUR READERS

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 20th December 2017

HSE ENFORCEMENT WEEKLY UPDATE 20th DEC 2017

hselogo1Prosecutions and enforcement notices weekly update and analysis

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 20th December 2017

LORRY DRIVER PROSECUTED AFTER ROAD DEATH

Road worker died during motorway resurfacing project

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 20th December 2017

MAJOR CONTRACTOR FINED £1.8M OVER ROAD DEATH

Road planer operation put roadworks pedestrians at risk of injury

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 20th December 2017

MANAGER PROSECUTED OVER APPRENTICE INJURY

Untrained young worker fell through fragile rooflight

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 20th December 2017

PUBLIC AND WORKERS EXPOSED TO ASBESTOS RISK

Client and contractor failed to identify and assess asbestos presence

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 20th December 2017

RESTRAINT SAVES WORKER EJECTED FROM MEWP

Firms failed to separate crane and elevated mobile work platform

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 20th December 2017

HSE PROSECUTE OVER POOR SILICA DUST CONTROL

Principal contractor failures led to gross exposure to RCS

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 15th December 2017

HSE ENFORCEMENT WEEKLY UPDATE 13th DEC 2017

hselogo1Prosecutions and enforcement notices weekly update and analysis

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 15th December 2017

BUILDING INFORMATION MODELLING AND CDM 2015

Major contractor explains BIM risk mitigation opportunities

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 15th December 2017
Turner Access Chipmunk Data
Total Access Ethentic
Higher Safety Turner Access