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

STONE SLAB MOVEMENT LACKED SAFE SYSTEM OF WORK

Director held to account for dangerous unloading operations 

Granite Express Ltd (now in liquidation) and former director Przemyslaw Zalecki have been prosecuted for safety breaches after a workman narrowly escaped being crushed by a load of stone slabs which fell from the side of a lorry during unloading operations in Croydon, on 16 February 2012.

Two workman were standing on the trailer and the packaging supporting the slabs was removed. One man was altering a clamp at the end of a lifting arm attached to the forklift when the slabs began to topple.

Both men leapt from the side of the trailer and one of the men was struck by the falling slabs causing a broken leg and severe bruising. He remained out of work for ten months and did not return to work at Granite Express.

Westminster magistrates heard (27 March) that during a routine inspection in 2010 HSE prohibited use of the lifting arm as “not fit for purpose” and advised Mr Zalecki to carry out risk assessments and devise a safe system of work for unloading stone slabs from vehicles.

However, the fork truck lifting arm was brought back into use without first being serviced or maintained. The operators were not trained and a safe method of work was not implemented.

Fortunate that incident did not result in double fatality

Granite Express Ltd, c/o the liquidator address in Brighton Road, Croydon, was fined a total of £2,000 with £5,000 in costs after admitting two breaches of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act l974.

Przemyslaw Zalecki was fined a total of £2,000 and ordered to pay £5,000 in costs after pleading guilty to two similar breaches of the Act.

After the hearing, HSE Inspector Jane Wolfenden said:

“A young man was very seriously injured because of the cavalier attitude to safety by Mr Zalecki and his company, Granite Express Ltd. Bearing in mind the weight of these stone slabs, it is fortunate that this was not a double fatality.

Despite the high risk of serious personal injury involved in the handling and moving of stone slabs being well known in the industry, and despite specific advice to devise a safe system of work for unloading them from a vehicle, the defendants failed to respond.

The attitude towards health and safety was so poor that the company even permitted the continued use of a lifting attachment that had been subject to a prohibition notice.

HSE will not hesitate to take action against either companies or their directors whose approach to the wellbeing of their employees fall so well below accepted standards.”

Latest Construction Health and Safety News

MAJOR CONTRACTORS LAUNCH H&S ALERT SYSTEM

Build UK members share information for effective prevention of harm

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 19th July 2017

HSE ENFORCEMENT WEEKLY UPDATE 19th JULY 2017

hselogo1Prosecutions and enforcement notices weekly update and analysis

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 19th July 2017

STRUCTURAL SAFETY BODY LATEST NEWSLETTER

SCOSS publishes reports and expert comment on a range of issues

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 18th July 2017

SAFE SYSTEM DEVISED BUT NOT IMPLEMENTED

Workman injured by goods falling from double-decked trailer

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 18th July 2017

PREVENTION PLANNING REQUIRED FOR FRAGILE RISK

Fall arrest safety netting not used to mitigate fall consequences

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 17th July 2017

MANAGEMENT OF FORMWORK NOT UP TO THE MARK

Erector fell 3m after access scaffold board failed under load

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 17th July 2017

VIBRATION UNCONTROLLED & WORKERS UNINFORMED

Engineering firm fined £120,000 over hand-arm vibration risk

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 14th July 2017

HSE ENFORCEMENT WEEKLY UPDATE 12th JULY 2017

hselogo1Prosecutions and enforcement notices weekly update and analysis

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 12th July 2017

SCAFFOLDER WAS UNTRAINED AND UNSUPERVISED

Contractor and director failed to train injured workman to CISRC scheme

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 10th July 2017

WORKPLACE MANSLAUGHTER OUTCOMES SET TO RISE

Guidelines target gross negligence with serious disregard and cost-cutting

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 7th July 2017

WORKMAN BURNT CLEANING WITH FLAMMABLE LIQUIDS

Flammable substance and unprotected electrical equipment trigger flash fire

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 7th July 2017

PUWER FAILINGS AND INJURY END IN £1,900,000 FINE

Massive fine after workman suffers friction burns caused by conveyor

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 7th July 2017

HSE ENFORCEMENT WEEKLY UPDATE 5th JULY 2017

hselogo1Prosecutions and enforcement notices weekly update and analysis

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 7th July 2017

HSE REPORTS CONSTRUCTION DEATHS AT RECORD LOW

hselogo1Fatalities decline whilst asbestos related mesothelioma deaths rise

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 5th July 2017

CURSORY AND NEGLIGENT ASSESSMENT BY DIRECTOR

Building firm owner jailed after workman died in trench collapse

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 3rd July 2017

UPDATE – DIRECTOR AND EXCAVATOR OPERATOR JAILED

Excavation collapse dangers ignored by director and digger operator

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 3rd July 2017

HSE SAFETY ALERT: TRACK TENSIONING INCIDENT

hselogo1Workman died from hydraulic injection injury whilst tensioning track

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 30th June 2017

OXYGEN PIPE EXPLOSION CAUSED SEVERE BURNS

Components used containing materials unsuitable for use with oxygen

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 30th June 2017

HSE ENFORCEMENT WEEKLY UPDATE 28th JUNE 2017

hselogo1Prosecutions and enforcement notices weekly update and analysis

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 28th June 2017

ROOF FALL CAUSES LIFE CHANGING INJURIES

Inadequate planning and absence of necessary equipment caused fall

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 25th June 2017

LIFT PLANNING AND CONTROL FOUND WANTING

Female building worker struck by scaffold fittings tipped from stillage

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 25th June 2017

FATALITY: CRANE COLLAPSE ON HOMES PROJECT

Two workmen die in crane collapse in Crewe

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 23rd June 2017

BUILD UK EXPLAINS PROJECT H&S TRAINING STANDARD

UK contractors clarify skill cards needed on CDM 2015 projects

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 21st June 2017

HSE ENFORCEMENT WEEKLY UPDATE 21 JUNE 2017

hselogo1Prosecutions and enforcement notices weekly update and analysis

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 21st June 2017

CIVILS FIRMS PAYS PRICE OVER PUBLIC DANGER

Fencing wire struck member of public relaxing in own garden

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 20th June 2017
Turner Access Chipmunk Data
Total Access Ethentic
Higher Safety Turner Access