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    LINTEL COLLAPSED DURING LOWERING OPERATIONAL

    Two workers injured as support props and structure topple

    Manchester and Salford Magistrates have heard how a contractor was engaged to replace a kitchen and carry out alteration work on a doorway at the house in Cheshire. During this work two employees were injured whilst enlarging a door opening and removing a lintel in August 2016.

    The court also heard that the company failed to report the incident to HSE until 24 November 2016. This date was after the incident had been reported by one of the injured workers and the HSE investigation had commenced.

    HSE found the lintel and brickwork above had been supported with adjustable steel props. The workmen begun to gradually lower the lintel by removing one brick at a time on either side of the door opening and lowering the steel props. The men completed three courses of bricks when the lintel and an adjustable prop collapsed.

    One worker was struck on the head and knocked across the room receiving a wound to his head and subsequently being diagnosed with severe post-concussion syndrome. The lintel fell on the foot of the second worker who sustained a broken ankle and a crushed toe.

    Planning and equipment deficient

    The investigation found a lack of adequate planning and provision of suitable equipment and instructions for carrying out the work safely.

    • Adamson Construction Ltd – of Dukinfield, Cheshire pleaded guilty to a single breach of Regulation 3(1) of the Reporting Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 and pleaded guilty to breaching Sections 2 (1) and 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and was fined £26,000 and ordered to pay costs of £4,304.29

    Speaking after the hearing HSE Inspector Laura Moran said:

    “Those in control of construction work have a responsibility to devise safe methods of working and to provide the necessary information, instruction and training to their workers, along with suitable work equipment. Had the company identified and implemented a suitable safe system of work, this incident could have been prevented.”

     

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