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ENGINEER DIED WORKING UNDER ‘AD HOC SYSTEM’

Crane engineer trapped between drive motors and boom

Clydeport Operations Limited (Clydeport) of Glasgow, has been fined for safety failings after a worker suffered fatal crush injuries at their Hunterston Coal Terminal site in Ayrshire on 15 February 2015.

Kilmarnock Sheriff Court heard how 22-year-old Craig Logan, a maintenance engineer was working on the North Unloader crane alongside an experienced crane operator. Whilst working he became trapped between drive motors fitted on top of the cab of a crane and cross beams on the boom of the crane.

HSE investigators found that the death resulted from failures by Clydeport to properly risk assess operations to free the crane cab when it stuck and to have a safe system of work in place for this task.

Lack of risk assessment led to unsafe system of work

Clydeport Operations Limited, of Robertson Street, Glasgow, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work et. Act 1974, and was fined £300,000.

HSE inspector Russell Berry said after the hearing:

“This tragic loss of a young life came about due to Clydeport Operations Limited’s continued failure to deal with a problem with the cab sticking on an unloader crane at the terminal jetty at Hunterston Coal Terminal.

The company repeatedly put their maintenance engineers at risk when they had to retrieve the crane cab when it stuck out on the boom of the crane.

The lack of risk assessment for retrieving the cab led to an ad hoc unsafe system of work being developed which continued for approximately 8 months up until the time of Mr Logan’s death.”

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