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DOUBLE MEWP OVERTURN INJURES TWO WORKMEN

Aircraft maintenance engineers were fortunate to survive incident

An aircraft engineering company has been fined after two men fell some 5m whilst carrying out checks at the tail of an aeroplane at Stansted Airport in June 2015.

Chelmsford Magistrates heard the men were working either side of the aircraft tail using mobile elevated work platforms (MEWPs) when a third workman closed a circuit breaker which inadvertently opened an air brake which caused both platforms to overturn.

A 62-year-old man suffered three fractures to his pelvis, a broken back, three broken ribs, a fractured elbow and a punctured right lung. The second man, aged 60, suffered a broken wrist and a chipped a bone on his spine.

Not all risks covered by aircraft maintenance manual

HSE investigators found that no suitable risk assessment was in place and there was a lack of effective monitoring.

  • Inflite Engineering Limited – based a Stansted Airport, pleaded guilty to breaches under Sections 2 and 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. The company was fined £160,000 and ordered to pay costs of £5,492.90.

Speaking after the case, HSE Inspector Tania van Rixtel said:

“Both of these men suffered shocking injuries after falling from height, which could easily have been a double fatality. Our investigation found the incident could have been avoided had adequate monitoring been taking place.

Aircraft maintenance companies are reminded that not all risks are covered by the Aircraft Maintenance Manual and additional measures need to be introduced.”

 

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