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TWO SERIOUSLY INJURED IN ROOF COLLAPSE

Permit to work system not enforced by Principal Contractor

John Sisk and Son Limited and HIL Installations Limited have been fined for safety failings which led to two workers being seriously injured at a construction site when a cold store collapsed beneath the men in October 2010.

John Sisk was the appointed as Principal Contractor for fitting out a new distribution warehouse in Motherwell and HIL was contracted to design and construct the cold store structure.

Hamilton Sheriff Court heard how Guy Davies, (27) and Nayan Patel, (20) were seriously injured when the roof lids of the partly constructed cold store collapsed whilst they were working on them.

Design specification not followed

John Sisk and Son Limited, of St. Albans, Hertfordshire was found guilty of an offence under Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and fined £64,000.

HIL Installations Limited (formerly known as Hemsec Installations Limited) was found guilty of an offence under Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and fined £71,000.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE principal inspector Graeme McMinn said:

“The accident could have been prevented if Sisk had enforced their permit to work system and ensured that workers were not allowed access to the roof lid section until they received confirmation that the roof lid section had been installed correctly and was safe.

HIL should have ensured that their sub-contractor had installed the connections between the roof lid and cold store wall in line with the design specifications. They should also have checked that these connections were safe before allowing Sisk access to the roof lids.”

 

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