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    HYDRAULIC RAM SEVERED HAND OF WORKMAN

    Major contractor failed to follow own policies and procedures

    A major construction and infrastructure business has been fined after the hand of a workman was severed by an hydraulic ram in April 2017.

    Westminster Magistrates heard the workman was investigating why the hydraulic ram had stop working when the ram activated unexpectedly and severing the 27-year-old’s right hand at King’s Troop Artillery Barracks in Woolwich.

    Guards and systems of work found wanting

    HSE investigators found the company had installed and managed a biomass boiler at the barracks but failed to take appropriate steps to ensure that this dangerous part of the biomass boiler system was sufficiently guarded.

    • Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure Ltd  – of Kent House, London, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. The company has been fined £100,000 and ordered to pay £11,235.96 in costs.

    Speaking after the hearing, inspector John Spence said:

    “This tragic incident was entirely preventable and has caused a permanent and life-changing injury to a young worker.

    Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure Ltd failed to implement a safe system of work for clearing blockages in the machine and failed to follow their own policies and procedures as the employee in question was working alone and unsupervised at the time of the incident.

    The onus is on those in control of work equipment to perform their own checks to ensure that all dangerous parts of machinery are appropriately guarded.”

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