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    POWER BUSINESSES FAILED ON LIFTING OPERATION

    Panel fell on workman during turbine maintenance project

    Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery Limited and E.On UK Plc. have been fined after a roof panel fell on a worker during lifting operations as part of turbine maintenance work in March 2013.

    Dumfries Sherriff Court heard that Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery Limited was undertaking maintenance work on a turbine at Steven’s Croft PowerStation, near Lockerbie for their client E.On UK Plc.

    The court heard that acoustic panels were required to be removed from an enclosure surrounding a turbine, including some panels from the roof of the enclosure.

    An overhead travelling crane was being used to lift parts from the turbine out of the chamber when a roof panel fell from the top of the enclosure onto the head of a Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery Limited employee, causing him to sustain neck and spine injuries.

    Proper planning, supervision and safe systems required

    HSE investigators found the lifting operation carried out at the time of the incident was not properly planned, appropriately supervised or carried out in a safe manner.

    Furthermore, safe access into the enclosure was not provided to workers, nor were they given information regarding the structure of the enclosure.

    • Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery Limited – of Faraday House, Camberley, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 8 of the Lifting Operation and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 and was fined £12,000.
    • E.On UK PLC – pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and was fined £10,000.

    Speaking after the hearing, HSE principal inspector Hazel Dobb said,

    “The contractor’s injuries were severe and he could have easily been killed. This serious incident could have been avoided if basic safe guards had been put in place.

    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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