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    ENERGY BUSINESS FINED OVER LIFTING FATALITY

    Firm failed to train in lorry mounted crane remote control risk

    An electricity and gas utility company has been fined £334,000 after a workman died after being struck by lorry mounted crane in East Claydon, Bucks in November 2016.

    Aylesbury Crown Court heard how Paul Marsden, a sub-station craftsman was involved in moving a delivery crate containing a compressor with the help of a colleague using a “remote-controlled” lorry loader crane.

    As the workmen were attaching the slings to the crane hook the crane struck Mr Marsden resulting in fatal injuries.

    Remote control generates ‘own risks’

    HSE investigators found that the company failed to ensure the lift was properly planned, effectively supervised and carried out safely.

    The company also failed to ensure Mr Marsden had received adequate training in the new lorry loader crane, in particular the additional risks due to the remote-control unit.

    • National Grid Electricity Transmission PLC – of The Strand, London, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and Regulation 8(1) of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER). The company was fined £334,000 and ordered to pay costs of £17 673.34 costs, as well as an additional victim surcharge of £170.

    HSE inspector Stephen Faulkner, speaking after the sentencing said:

    “This tragic incident could have been avoided if the company had properly planned the movement of the crate involved.

    Employers must recognise operating remote-controlled plants carry their own risks and should be managed appropriately, including through providing adequate training for employees.”

     

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