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    OVERCOME BY CUTTING IN CONFINED SPACE

    Construction worker suffered carbon monoxide poisoning

    A construction company has been sentenced for safety breaches after a worker collapsed and lost consciousness whilst working on a Sheffield construction project in January 2018.

    Sheffield Magistrates heard how the workman was cutting a drain into the factory floor as part of the construction of a new processing room within the packaging area of the factory. He was using a petrol driven floor saw within an enclosed space (the open side had been covered by a tarpaulin).

    He felt unwell after a period of cutting, collapsed losing consciousness and was taken to hospital and was diagnosed with carbon monoxide poisoning. He also sustained bruising to his head, elbow and knees, and a cut to his elbow.

    Confined space working not planned

    HSE investigators found the defendant failed to appropriately plan the work in the confined space of the processing room.

    In addition, unsafe work at height had taken place (as instructed by a director) when the workman accessed the roof of the processing room without suitable edge protection, means of access and without checking the stability of the structure.

    • Construction 360 Ltd – of Eastoft Road, Cowle, Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire pleaded guilty to breaching section 2(1) of the Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974. The company has been fined £15,000 and ordered to pay £1805 in costs.

    After the hearing, HSE inspector Sarah Robinson commented:

    “This incident could so easily have been avoided by simply carrying out correct control measures and safe working practices.

    The company failed to appropriately plan a safe system of work for the task being carried out.”

     

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