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    CONCRETE STAIRCASE CAUSED FATAL CRUSHING

    Lifting operations were unsafe and poorly supervised on project

    CMF Ltd has been fined after 31-year-old sub-contractor Richard Laco died when working on large construction project in London.

    Southwark Crown Court heard that Richard had been contracted by CMF to work on the Frances Crick Institute project. He was fatally crushed on 6 November 2013 by a concrete staircase that was in the process of being installed.

    An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found there was no safe system of work in place for the installation of the staircases throughout this project.

    It was also found the company failed to appropriately supervise this work activity.

    Following the inquest in 2015 the St Pancras Coroner in London (Mary Hassell) sent a “Prevention of Future Deaths” report to the chief coroner.

    Safe and suitable lifting plans are essential

    CMF Ltd of Central Way, Feltham, Middlesex has pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, and has been fined £185,000 and ordered to pay costs of £20,606.14.

    Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Stephen Farthing said:

    “This incident could have been prevented if the company had properly planned the lifting process before work had begun.

    Duty holders have the responsibility of ensuring that safe and suitable lifting plans are in place before carrying out any work involved with heavy loads.”

     

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