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    PANEL STRUCK WORKMAN DURING LIFTING OPERATION

    Third party contractor falls victim of poor lift planning

    A demolition company has been fined after a worker suffered multiple injuries when he was struck by a concrete spandrel panel in October 2015.

    Manchester Magistrates heard how the company was contracted to demolish a link bridge structure at a Rochdale primary school.

    An employee of a scaffolding contractor was struck by the concrete panel weighing approximately 500kg when he was removing scaffolding in front of the final part of the link bridge that was due to be demolished.

    He suffered from a fracture shoulder, broken ribs, fractures to the spine, a punctured lung and a broken left foot.

    Stability assessment deficient

    HSE investigators found the work was not suitably planned and that the stability of the panel was not appropriately considered when removing the scaffolding.

    • Vale Park Demolition Services Limited – of Hazelbottom Road, Crumpsall, Manchester pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and have been fined £4,000 and ordered to pay costs of £4,397.64.

    Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector David Norton said

    “The incident could so easily have been avoided by simply carrying out correct control measures and safe working practices.

    Companies should be aware that HSE will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action against those that fall below the required standards”.

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