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

PLANT HIRE FIRM USED DANGEROUS CLEANING SYSTEM

‘Cable ties’ used on excavator controls to clean with tracks in motion 

A plant hire company has been fined after a worker was crushed by a two-and-half tonne excavator during an unsafe cleaning operation. The 40-year-old suffered four fractures to his pelvis in the incident in Bulwell, Notts on 3 July 2012.

Nottingham Magistrates heard (23 September) that the injured worker was cleaning an excavator. The excavator was positioned over a wash bay and raised by its hydraulic excavator arm and shovel blade, allowing the caterpillar tracks to turn while they were sprayed with a jet washer.

‘Cable ties’ were used to lock the excavator controls in the on position and they were configured so that the tracks could spin while the cab was empty. As the worker was cleaning near the excavator arm his foot became trapped under the moving track.

A colleague hit two side levers in the cab in a bid to help him escape which caused the vehicle to lurch forwards knocking him backwards before pinning and trapping him. The workman was rescued after other colleagues used jacks to lift the vehicle.

HSE found there was no formal safe system of work for the cleaning task. The court was told it was unsafe to work either beneath or immediately adjacent to an excavator when supported by the bucket on the excavator arm and the shovel blade.

Unsafe method for excavator cleaning was potential fatal

L&M Glazing Ltd of Hucknall Lane, Bulwell, Nottingham, was fined £11,000 and ordered to pay £6,400 in costs after pleading guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974

Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector David Butter said:

“The injured employee was put in serious danger and could have been killed because there was no safe method for cleaning the excavator.

The machine manufacturer recommends jack-stands are used to hold it in place, and not to service or adjust the machine while the engine is running.

That guidance was clearly ignored, and to have the engine running was both dangerous and unnecessary. Simply cleaning the tracks while the vehicle is stationary, then moving it to expose the unclean tracks and stopping it, before continuing to clean it, would have be the safest and simplest way of doing the work.

L&M Glazing failed to manage the risks to its employees. Employers who neglect their duty to protect workers will continue to be held to account where they fail to do so.”

 

Latest Construction Health and Safety News

HSE ENFORCEMENT WEEKLY UPDATE 21st FEB 2018

hselogo1Prosecutions and enforcement notices weekly update and analysis

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 21st February 2018

CLEANING ASBESTOS CEMENT ROOF CAUSED DANGER

High pressure jet washing spread asbestos fibres around premises

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 21st February 2018

HSE INSPECTOR GUIDE TO RISK ASSESSMENT

Regulator offers training course on all aspects of risk assessment

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 21st February 2018

PUZZLES HELP DELIVER HEALTH RISKS AWARENESS

Innovative puzzle products supplier extends the range of training aids

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 20th February 2018

NEW ISO 45001 MANAGEMENT STANDARD IMMINENT

Standard capable of replacing OHSAS 18001 with relative ease

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 20th February 2018

APPEAL COURT RULES ON LEGAL PRIVILEGE CASE

Decision may prompt further caution during internal investigations

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 20th February 2018

TIPPER TRUCK STRUCK PEDESTRIAN ON SITE ROAD

Contractor fined £500,000 over poor traffic management arrangements

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 16th February 2018

FALLING SCAFFOLD CLIP STRUCK PASSER-BY

Firm failed to follow risk assessment and method statement

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 16th February 2018

HSE ENFORCEMENT WEEKLY UPDATE 14th FEB 2018

hselogo1Prosecutions and enforcement notices weekly update and analysis

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 16th February 2018

HOMES FIRM FINED £1/2M OVER DUMPER DEATH

Developer and contractor failed to manage people and plant interface

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 14th February 2018

SUPREME COURT RULES ON HSE ENFORCEMENT NOTICES

Post service evidence can be used to support HSE notice appeals

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 9th February 2018

SAFE INSTALLATION OF PRE-CAST FLOORING

Code of Practice for health and safety updated by industry federation

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 8th February 2018

HSE ENFORCEMENT WEEKLY UPDATE 8th FEB 2018

hselogo1Prosecutions and enforcement notices weekly update and analysis

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 8th February 2018

MANUAL HANDLING MUST INVOLVE ‘REAL RISK’

Court provides clarity on manual handling risk assessment rules

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 7th February 2018

SKIP LORRY DRIVER FATALLY INJURED BY LOADER

Hire company fined after lorry driver crushed between two vehicles

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 5th February 2018

PUBLIC RISK COSTS CONTRACTOR DEARLY

Principal Contractor failed to assess and supervise work

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 5th February 2018

TUBES FELL WHILST LIFTING OVER PERSONS BELOW

Lifting operations were not carried out in safe manner

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 2nd February 2018

‘DAREDEVIL’ SCAFFOLDER LANDS IN DOCK

Former HSE Inspector snaps dangerous working practices at 60 feet

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 2nd February 2018

HSE ENFORCEMENT WEEKLY UPDATE 1st FEB 2018

hselogo1Prosecutions and enforcement notices weekly update and analysis

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 1st February 2018

DIDCOT FATAL COLLAPSE: INVESTIGATION UPDATE

Police and HSE still seeking to understand why boiler house collapsed

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 1st February 2018

SCAFFOLDER TRAINING REACHES NEW HEIGHTS

CISRS training card renewal by CPD embraced by scaffolders

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 30th January 2018

HSE SUMMARY OF CONSTRUCTION SECTOR HARM

Infographic provides insight into industry priority hazards

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 29th January 2018

FIRM FAILED TO IMPLEMENT AGREED CONTROLS

Risk assessment carried out but precautions not taken

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 29th January 2018

HSE MUSCULOSKELETAL DISORDERS SUMMIT 2018

hselogo1Regulator focuses on MSDs in construction and others sectors

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 28th January 2018

LOAD FELL FROM MAGNET AND STRUCK WORKMAN

Firm failed to properly assess and revise crane safe working load

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 25th January 2018
Turner Access Chipmunk Data
Total Access Ethentic
Higher Safety Turner Access