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    MEMBER OF PUBLIC STRUCK BY FALLING OBJECT AT BUS STOP

    Builder prosecuted after air handling unit fell during lifting operation

    Concentra Ltd has been ordered to pay over £40,000 in fines and prosectution costs after an incident in September 2008 when a woman was injured as she waited for a London bus.

    Westminster Magistrates heard (18 April) how she was struck by machinery being lifted to the fifth floor of an office block. The lady suffered severe multiple injuries and was in hospital for eight days.

    The building was being refurbished and a mast climber was used for worker access to the outside of the building. A crane and slings were used to raise a 380kg air handling unit to the structure during which the unit hit the mast climber and became detached from the sling causing it to fall.

    Further measures to protect public were required

    Concentra Ltd of High Street, Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire, EN8 7D, were found guilty of breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety. at Work Act 1974 in relation to the incident. The firm was fined £20,000 and ordered to pay costs of £21,000.

    After the hearing, HSE Inspector Bose Ogunsekan said:

    “Concentra Ltd failed in its duty to manage the safety of persons affected by its activities. A high risk activity such as using a crane to lift this sort of load on the site should have been fully risk assessed during the planning stages of the project.

    In addition, further measures that would have also protected members of the public from site traffic, such as an alternative pedestrian route and a temporary bus stop elsewhere, could have prevented injury to passers by.”

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