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DRIVER FINED AFTER FAILING TO DEPLOY VEHICLE OUTRIGGER

Scaffolding materials crash on to pavement during unsafe lifting operation

Delivery driver Wayne Ford has been prosecuted and fined after a workman unloading scaffold materials from a flatbed lorry was thrown from the vehicle and struck by the load when the vehicle overturned in August 2011.

Martin Sapec aged 54 suffered a broken pelvis and ankle in the incident and he has been unable to work since the incident because of his injuries.

Pontypridd Magistrates heard (12 Oct) that Mr Sapec was helping delivery driver Wayne Ford unload the scaffolding material and was standing on the back of the lorry fitted with a crane operated by Mr Ford.

Vehicle mounted crane operators must use equipment in proper manner

Investigators found that Mr Ford failed to extend a stabilising outrigger fitted to the vehicle designed to ensure stability during operation of the crane.  The lorry became unstable and “tipped over” throwing Mr Sapec to the ground where scaffold boards and tubes from the lorry fell on top of him.

Mr Ford, of Nelson, Lancs pleaded guilty to breaching Section 7(a) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. He was fined £1,000 and ordered to pay £1,000 in costs.

After the hearing HSE Inspector David Kirkpatrick said:

“Mr Sapec sustained serious injuries in this incident, and could easily have been crushed and killed by the lorry when it toppled over.

Operators of vehicle mounted cranes must ensure the safety of people they are working with by using the equipment in the proper manner.

Had the extending outriggers been use for their intended purpose then the incident could have been avoided. It was wholly preventable on that basis.”

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