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    TUBES FELL WHILST LIFTING OVER PERSONS BELOW

    Lifting operations were not carried out in safe manner

    A large construction company has been fined £40,000 after a workman was injured during an “unsafe lifting operation” in December 2015.

    Westminster Magistrates heard that a pack of scaffolding tubes was being lifted by crane onto a platform which was two stories above the gantry below. The crane driver could not see the load, and was being assisted by a slinger-signaller working from the platform.

    The load made contact with the side edge of the platform and tipped, spilling scaffolding tubes onto the gantry, and injuring a scaffolder who was working there.

    Prevent lifting loads over people

    Existing measures to control access to nearby areas during lifting operations were enhanced following the incident.

    • BAM Construction Ltd – pleaded guilty to breaching Section 8(1) of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 and was fined £40,000 and ordered to pay costs of £8,700.

    Speaking after the case HSE Inspector Stephron Baker Holmes said:

    “Construction companies should think carefully about how best to prevent loads being lifted over people who may be working in areas nearby.”

    In some cases it may be possible to restrict access to a particular area while lifting operations are being carried out above.”

     

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