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    MAJOR FIRM FINED £400k OVER LIFTING OPERATION

    Fitter loses four fingers as load slides and falls to the ground

    A concrete production company has today been fined after a welder lost four fingers during an unsafe lifting operation on premises in London on 27th September 2016.

    Southwark Crown Court heard how a forklift was being used to lift and swivel a large metal gate attached to the truck with a chain on a “O-ring” slotted onto the forklift truck tines with nothing to prevent the ring sliding from the tine.

    During lifting the gate “slipped off” the tines and fell to the floor thereby “slicing off” four fingers from the hand of the workman.

    Planning by competent person is essential

    HSE investigators found the lifting operation was not properly planned and supervised to ensure it was carried out in a safe manner.

    • Hanson Quarry Products Europe Limited – of Castle Hill, Maidenhead pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 8(1) of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998, fined £400,000 and ordered to pay full costs of £11,376.25.

    Speaking after the case HSE inspector Jane Wolfenden said:

    “The use of forklift truck, chain and O-ring was unsafe, putting workers at unnecessary risk.

    This incident could so easily have been avoided by simply having a competent person plan a safe lifting operation and providing adequate supervision to ensure the lifting operation was carried out safely.“

     

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