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CLEANER CRUSHED DURING STEEL UNLOADING OPERATIONS

Steel contractors prosecuted over death of pedestrian passing vehicle unloading 

CM Structural Services Ltd and Fisher Engineering Ltd have been fined total of £65,000 after a cleaner died when he was crushed by a steel beam being unloaded from a lorry at the BSkyB headquarters project Brentford, London in June 2008. At at trial in January 2012 Bovis Lend Lease was found not guilty of health and safety allegations arising from the incident.

French national Hugues Makambila, 35, was working as a cleaner when a delivery of steel beams arrived on site and parked adjacent to a pedestrian walkway in an area not designated for unloading.

HSE investigators found that a director of CM Structural Services Ltd noticed a steel beam “hanging over the right side of the lorry”. However, no measures were taken to restrain the load or to prevent the beam from falling.

CM Structural Services Ltd unloaded the steel using a forklift truck but did take steps to prevent people using the pavement nor did it erect signs warning people that unloading was taking place. During the unloading a steel beam fell onto Mr Makambila who died instantly.

Fisher Engineering Ltd was responsible for the manufacture, delivery and installation of the structural steelwork and CM Structural Services Ltd were contracted to erect the steelwork.

Clearly defined exclusion zones required for safe unloading

Fisher Engineering Ltd, of Enniskillen, Northern Ireland was fined £50,000 and ordered to pay costs of £16,595. CM Structural Services Ltd, of Carryduff, Northern Ireland was fined £15,000 and ordered to pay costs of £12,692.

Speaking after sentencing at the Old Bailey HSE Inspector Lisa Chappell said:

“This tragic incident was easily preventable. The risks involved in the handling and delivery of steel stock are well known to those in the industry.

Appropriate measures to control these hazards should have been in place, including ensuring there is effective communication between the duty holders responsible for planning and managing deliveries, inspecting deliveries upon arrival and providing a clearly defined exclusion zone where unloading can be carried out safely.

These measures are neither costly nor time consuming, yet the failures of the companies involved in this incident contributed to the death of a respected worker whose family continues to grieve the loss of a son, brother and husband.”

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