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PRECAST WORKMAN DIED DESPITE EARLIER INCIDENT

Concrete stairs toppled over and crushed worker

ACP (Concrete) Limited which produces precast concrete products has been fined for safety failings which led to the death of a worker and to another being injured in separate incidents just 20 minutes apart on 2nd September 2011.

Carlisle Crown Court heard that both incidents involved concrete staircases/landings toppling onto workman.

The first incident occurred in the staircase section when a 17-year-old employee was pushing the landing over to allow it to lean against the raised forks of a fork-lift truck. The landing fell backwards and toppled onto him. The landing struck a bar which prevented him being crushed but left him with severe bruising.

The second, and fatal, incident occurred 20 minutes later when a staircase weighing almost 3 tonnes was stood on its narrow edge. Martin McGlasson, age 37, was carrying out remedial work when the staircase toppled causing his death from multiple internal injuries.

Restraint or support required

HSE investigators found that there should have been support or restraint for the staircases and landings, when they were stored on their narrow edge.

A safe system of work should have been established for turning the staircases/landings over on to their back and the risk assessment for this task should have been made or reviewed in relation to the risks to health and safety of young persons.

ACP (Concrete) Limited of Maryport, Cumbria, was fined a total of £180,000 and ordered to pay costs of £60,636 after pleading guilty to two offences under Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

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