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    FORTH BRIDGE LIFTING OPERATION NOT PLANNED

    Major project PC failed to plan, supervise and carry out lift safely

    A joint venture Principal Contractor on the Forth Bridge crossing project in Scotland has been prosecuted after a workman sustained severe injuries during a lifting operation using a crane in April 2015.

    Dunfermline Sheriff Court heard that the Forth Crossing Bridge Constructors (FCBC) leased a large area within Rosyth Dockyard where an employee was undertaking a lifting operation to move two large crane mats.

    HSE investigators found movement of the crane mats was a complex and non-routine lifting operation which had not been planned by a competent person.

    Lifting accessories unsuitable

    In addition, the lifting operation was not appropriately supervised or carried out in a safe manner.

    The chains being used were not suitable as their reach distances were too short for the distance between the lifting points on the crane mat.

    • FCBC – of Builyeon Road, South Queensferry pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 8 of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 and was fined £10,000.

    Speaking after the hearing HSE principal inspector, Robert Hirst said:

    “This incident could so easily have been avoided by simply implementing appropriate 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 health and safety standards.”

     

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