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14th Oct 2016
STOP PRESS: Site Manager and site worker both fined after
accident injures a worker.
The Site Manager and a worker have
been fined for safety failings after another worker was struck by a concrete
skip at a construction site in South London.
RM (aged 27), suffered a badly broken
left leg and fractures to his right ankle and several ribs, when an empty
concrete skip (weighing 215kg) became detached from an excavator and fell onto
him. He was unable to work for seventeen months.
An investigation by the Health and
Safety Executive (HSE) found that there was no thorough examination certificate
for the shackle on the excavator, and the shackle was defective.
The Site Manager CC was fined £1,000,
and ordered to pay costs of £2,500. A self-employed construction worker, MK
also pleaded guilty and was fined £1,500 and ordered to pay costs of £2,000.
Speaking after the case HSE inspector
Melvyn Stancliffe said:
“CC should have taken the shackle on
the excavator out of use when he inspected it two days before the incident as
he had not seen a thorough examination report for it. The law is clear that
lifting accessories must not be used unless they have been thoroughly examined
in the previous six months and that there is a report available to prove that.
MK also accepted that he did not fully screw in the pin on the shackle as he
should have done and as a result it failed.”
“Lifting accessories are not complex
items but if they are not used properly or are not thoroughly examined
periodically then the consequences can be serious. The practice known as ‘backing
off’, unwinding the pin by a quarter of a turn, is not safe and shouldn’t be
used. This case highlights the importance of ensuring simple checks are carried
out properly and that equipment is used correctly”.
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