Turner Access Higher Safety Total Access
Total Access Ethentic Chipmunk Data
Chipmunk Data Turner Access Ethentic

LADDER UNSUITABLE FOR IVY CLEARING TASK

Electricity supplier fined £900,000 after linesman ladder fall

Electricity North West Ltd has been fined £900,000 after a workman died after falling 6m whilst carrying out the routine maintenance of power lines in November 2013.

Workman Mr John Flowers, aged 63, was an experienced linesman. He climbed a ladder resting against a wood pole in order to trim ivy away from the power lines. Whilst undertaking this task it is believed Mr Flowers cut through his work positioning strap and fell to his death.

Preston Crown Court heard that the work of trimming the ivy from the pole was not identified as short duration work unsuitable to be undertaken working from a ladder. The company failed to properly plan the work; no provision was made for the use of a mobile elevated work platform to undertake the task.

Company may appeal verdict

HSE brought three charges relating to (i) failure to risk assess (ii) failure to manage work at height, and (iii) failure to ensure the safety of employees under the Health and Safety at Work Act.

The company was found not guilty of charges relating to failure to risk assess and failure to ensure the safety of its employees.  A spokesperson said the company

“Has been exonerated in respect of its underlying health and safety management but was found guilty of a technical failing to adequately manage work at height. We are reflecting the sentence and considering options, which may include an appeal against the single guilty verdict.”

Electricity North West Chief Executive Peter Emery said:

“John was a valued colleague with over 30 years’ service to the Company. His death was a tragic loss to his family and to his colleagues. We were devastated by his loss.

Working at height with electricity brings unique risk and safety is a continuous challenge. In finding us not guilty on two charges, the jury recognised the effectiveness of our risk assessment process and our compliance with the Health and Safety at Work Act through our safe systems of work.

We’ll continue to work hard to make the job John loved as safe as possible.

Lack of information on how work to be carried out

The ivy growing on electricity conductors was first identified some five years before the accident and then again in June 2013.

A survey of the vegetation clearance work required was undertaken six weeks prior to the incident.  However none of this information was given to linesman who were not provided with information on how the work was to be carried out.

Electricity North West Limited of 304 Bridgewater Place, Birchwood Park, Warrington was found guilty of breaching Regulation 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005, was fined £900,000 with costs to be agreed at a later date.

Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Rose Leese-Weller said after the hearing:

“Electricity North West failed to ensure that working at height was properly planned, appropriately supervised and carried out in a manner that was safe. Had these steps been taken we may not have had this tragic outcome.”

 

Latest Construction Health and Safety News

UPDATED SCAFFOLDING DESIGN E-GUIDE RELEASED

NASC launches enhanced TG20:13 eGuide scaffold design tool

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 14th August 2017

NASC LAUNCH FREE TO DOWNLOAD GUIDANCE

Access and scaffolding guides now open to members and non-members

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 14th August 2017

HSE ENFORCEMENT WEEKLY UPDATE 9th AUGUST 2017

hselogo1Prosecutions and enforcement notices weekly update and analysis

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 11th August 2017

NEW GUIDANCE ON UNINTENDED PLANT MOVEMENT

Industry Plant Safety Group highlights hazards and key control measures

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 11th August 2017

SCAFFOLD COLLAPSE CAUSED BY LACK OF TIES

Falling structure narrowly misses passerby and lands on parked cars

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 11th August 2017

HSE ENFORCEMENT WEEKLY UPDATE 2nd AUG 2017

hselogo1Prosecutions and enforcement notices weekly update and analysis

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 2nd August 2017

TRAINING IN CIRCULAR SAW USE FOUND WANTING

Joinery firm failures end in serious hand injury and £230,000 fine

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 31st July 2017

HSE ENFORCEMENT WEEKLY UPDATE 26th JULY 2017

hselogo1Prosecutions and enforcement notices weekly update and analysis

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 31st July 2017

WALL COLLAPSE CLAIMED LIFE OF WORKMAN

Failed to identify risks associated with free standing walls

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 31st July 2017

WORKMAN FELL DURING WELDING WORK AT HEIGHT

Ladder access to water tank top was insecure and slipped when used

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 31st July 2017

CCTV INSTALLER FELL BETWEEN FLOOR JOISTS

Principal Contractor and CCTV specialist failed to plan and manage risk

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 31st July 2017

FACTORY APPRENTICE FELL DURING GUTTER CLEANING

Young workman stepped back and fell 9m through fragile rooflight

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 31st July 2017

CROSS RAIL JV CONTRACTORS FINED OVER FATALITY

Firm prosecuted after concrete fall death and two other tunnel incidents

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 31st July 2017

CONTRACTORS FAILED TO REVIEW ASBESTOS SURVEY

Major companies fined £1,000,000 plus over asbestos risk during refurb

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 31st July 2017

MAJOR CONTRACTORS LAUNCH H&S ALERT SYSTEM

Build UK members share information for effective prevention of harm

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 19th July 2017

HSE ENFORCEMENT WEEKLY UPDATE 19th JULY 2017

hselogo1Prosecutions and enforcement notices weekly update and analysis

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 19th July 2017

STRUCTURAL SAFETY BODY LATEST NEWSLETTER

SCOSS publishes reports and expert comment on a range of issues

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 18th July 2017

SAFE SYSTEM DEVISED BUT NOT IMPLEMENTED

Workman injured by goods falling from double-decked trailer

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 18th July 2017

PREVENTION PLANNING REQUIRED FOR FRAGILE RISK

Fall arrest safety netting not used to mitigate fall consequences

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 17th July 2017

MANAGEMENT OF FORMWORK NOT UP TO THE MARK

Erector fell 3m after access scaffold board failed under load

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 17th July 2017

VIBRATION UNCONTROLLED & WORKERS UNINFORMED

Engineering firm fined £120,000 over hand-arm vibration risk

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 14th July 2017

HSE ENFORCEMENT WEEKLY UPDATE 12th JULY 2017

hselogo1Prosecutions and enforcement notices weekly update and analysis

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 12th July 2017

SCAFFOLDER WAS UNTRAINED AND UNSUPERVISED

Contractor and director failed to train injured workman to CISRC scheme

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 10th July 2017

WORKPLACE MANSLAUGHTER OUTCOMES SET TO RISE

Guidelines target gross negligence with serious disregard and cost-cutting

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 7th July 2017

WORKMAN BURNT CLEANING WITH FLAMMABLE LIQUIDS

Flammable substance and unprotected electrical equipment trigger flash fire

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 7th July 2017
Turner Access Chipmunk Data
Total Access Ethentic
Higher Safety Turner Access