CCTV captures moment excavator driver injured during cricket stand demo
Excavation and Contracting (UK) Ltd has been prosecuted after a two-tonne concrete slab landed on an excavator cab causing serious injuries to the driver at the Old Trafford Cricket Ground, home to Lancashire County Cricket Club, on 26 April 2011.
Trafford Magistrates heard (16 Nov) the company were contracted to demolish a two-tier stand at the stadium. However, the work was not planned properly and the excavator was positioned too close to the stand being demolished. The moment the concrete slab fell was captured on CCTV.
High-reach excavator would have kept workman at safe distance
Excavation and Contracting (UK) Ltd pleaded guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 by failing to ensure the safety of workers and failing to plan and carry out the demolition work safely.
The company, of West Quay Road in Warrington, was fined £5,000 and ordered to pay £12,000 in prosecution costs. Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Alan Pojur said:
“The excavator driver was lucky not to have been killed when the two-tonne concrete slab collapsed onto his cab. His life was put in danger because Excavation and Contracting (UK) Ltd didn’t plan the work properly.
They should have arranged for a high-reach excavator to be used so that the stand could be demolished from a safe distance away. It was only after the incident that this safe method of work was implemented.
Demolition work has the potential to be extremely dangerous so it is vital firms plan projects properly and provide appropriate supervision to make sure workers stay safe.”