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    MAJOR CONTRACTOR FINED OVER LIFTING OPERATIONS

    Descending load ‘snagged’ and fell from two retaining slings

    Balfour Beatty Regional Construction Limited has been fined after a worker was injured by sound bloc boards (similar to plaster board) weighing a total of 544 kilograms that fell from a crane.

    The company was the client appointed Principal Contractor for the construction project which involved the building of three blocks of flats in Poole, Dorset.

    Bournemouth Magistrates heard how on 6 May 2014, a load of 15 sound bloc boards were being lifted by a crane from the fourth floor at the rear of the building under construction to the second lift loading bay at the front of the building.

    As the load descended into the loading bay it snagged on a scaffolding standard which caused the load to fall out of the two retaining slings. A worker was struck by a number of the boards as he stood on the loading bay. He was knocked unconscious and suffered a broken leg and fractured ribs.

    Balfour Beatty Regional Construction Limited of Wilton Road, London was fined a total of £22,000, and ordered to pay £16,089 in costs after pleading guilty to an offences under Regulation 8(1)(a,b,c) of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998.

    A Balfour Beatty spokesman is reported to have said:

    “The safety of our workforce and the public is always our primary concern.

    Following the incident on May 6 we co-operated fully with the HSE in their investigation, and have since sought to ensure there is no repetition of such an incident.”

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