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    COLLAPSE OF PUMP SET TRAPPED WORKMAN

    Unsafe system of work transferring from pallet to a raised platform

    A construction company has been fined after a workman was injured when a water pump set, weighing over 700kg, fell on him at a London construction site in January 2016.

    Southwark Crown Court heard that the pipe fitter was working on the transfer of a pump set from a pallet to a raised platform when the pump set fell on him. He was “pinned beneath” the unit and sustained serious injuries including multiple fractures and dislocations.

    Failure to communicate safe system

    HSE investigators found that the defendant was contracted to undertake mechanical and engineering works on the project which included the installation of the pump set.

    The company had failed to ensure that a safe system of work for the moving and positioning of the pump set was communicated to the operatives undertaking the work.

    • Fascel Group Limited – of Sundon Park, Luton pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 15(2) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 and were today fined £36,000 with £34,235.45 costs.

    Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Gabriella Dimitrov said:

    “Those in control of work have a responsibility to devise safe methods of working and to provide the necessary information, instruction, and training to their workers.

    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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