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Company Fined £180k Following Death of Site Manager Hit By LGV
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A grain store has been fined £180,000 following the death an employee who was hit by a lorry.

A grain store has been fined £180,000 following the death an employee who was hit by a lorry.

Edward Orlopp, 45, was a site manager for Camgrain Stores Ltd whom he had worked for 20 years. Mr Orlopp had left the control room during his shift on the 27th July 2016 and on leaving the building walked in front of a moving lorry. The driver of the LGV had checked his mirrors but had not seen Mr Orlopp and therefore moved the lorry forward, causing fatal injuries to the employee.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) following the incident found that the company had failed to ensure safety measures were put into place, preventing employees walking around the site where large vehicles were being operated.

Stephen Faulkner, HSE inspector, said "This was a tragic and wholly avoidable incident caused by failure of the host company to undertake a number of simple measures."

Camgrain Stores Ltd pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, receiving a fine of £180,000 and ordered to pay costs of £20,000.

 

Source: Health and Safety Matters, Company fined after a worker was fatally struck by lorry, 19th June 2019. Read the full article.

Excavator Accident Lands Engineering Company £800,000 Fine
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BAM Nuttall, one of the UKs largest civil engineering contractors, has been fined more than £800,000, after a worker was injured during a lifting operation.

BAM Nuttall, one of the UKs largest civil engineering contractors, has been fined more than £800,000, after a worker was injured during a lifting operation.

On 20th January 2017, workers were constructing a platform for a piling rig which was being assembled using large expanded blocks of polystyrene, using an excavator to move the materials. One of the polystyrene blocks fell from the bucket of the excavator whilst being lowered into place, and hit Andrew Stewart, fracturing three of his vertebrae. Mr Stewart is still suffering from the effects of the accident and is expected to be on pain medication for the foreseeable future.

An investigation by Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the block had not been moved using appropriate lifting accessories, such as chains or slings, which would have provided assistance by securing the load, and had simply trapped the load between the bucket and the dipping arm of the excavator.

After the hearing, HSE Inspector, Andrew Cousins, commented: “This incident could so easily have been avoided by simply using appropriate lifting accessories such as chains and strops to carry out the lifting operation. Failure to do so has resulted in the serious injury of Andrew Stewart. Companies should be aware that HSE will not hesitate to take appropriate action against those that fall below required standards.”

BAM Nuttall of St James House Knoll Rd, Camberley pleaded guilty of breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. The company received a fine of £833,333.33, plus full costs of £5,478.22 and a victim surcharge of £170.

Source: SHP Online, Bam Nuttall fined after inappropriate lifting operation injured worker, June 13th 2019. Read the full article.

Engineering Company Sentenced After Worker Killed by Gantry Crane
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An engineering company has been sentenced after the death of a worker who was crushed by a gantry crane.

An engineering company has been sentenced after the death of a worker who was crushed by a gantry crane.

Dr Craig McEwan, 34, was working for Tesla Engineering Limited on 23rd March 2018, undertaking the making of a super conducting magnet coil. At the time of the incident, Dr McEwan was testing new magnet coils when a problem occurred which he inspected himself on top of the tank. A colleague operating the crane at the time didn’t spot him on top of tank. He became caught the crane and a metal chimney located on top of a tank that he was working on, getting crushed between the tank and crane, before falling to the ground.

An extension had recently been fitted to the chimney which increased the height at which workers had to access, making employees more susceptible to coming into contact with gantry cranes being operated in the area. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after the incident found that Tesla Engineering Ltd had failed to implement safety procedures to prevent the risk posed to workers from being struck by cranes, and to ensure that no cranes could be operated in the area whilst a person was working on top of the tank.

Following the hearing, HSE inspector Russell Beckett, commented: “Tesla Engineering adapted the work process it carried out but failed to review its planning or to take measures to ensure that workers could not be hit by the moving overhead gantry crane. Simple measures to either lock out the crane or to prevent workers accessing dangerous areas could have been implemented but were not, which ultimately led to Dr McEwan losing his life.”

Tesla Engineering Limited, of Water Lane Industrial Park, Storrington pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, receiving a fine of £400,000 further costs of £7546.72.

Source: SHP Daily, Tesla Engineering worker hit and killed by Gantry Crane, June 11th 2019. Read the full article.

National Grid Fined Following Lorry Loader Death
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Energy supplier National Grid has been fined over £300,000 after the death of a worker during a lifting operation.

Energy supplier National Grid has been fined over £300,000 after the death of a worker during a lifting operation.

On 18th November 2016, worker Paul Marsden was moving a delivery crate containing a compressor, with the help of a colleague. Mr Marsden was operating a remote controlled lorry loader crane and when he attempted to connect the slings to the hook, he was struck by the crane, causing fatal injuries.

An investigation by Health and Safety Executive (HSE) concluded that that the company had not ensured that Mr Marsden had received sufficient training for the crane before completing the task, nor had he received any training on using the remote control panel and the risks associated. National Grid had also failed to properly plan or supervise the lifting operation at the time of the incident.

Commenting after the case, HSE inspector, Stephen Faulkner, said “This tragic incident could have been avoided if the company had properly planned the movement of the crate involved. Employers must recognise operating remote-controlled plants carry their own risks and should be managed appropriately, including through providing adequate training for employees.”

National Grid Electricity Transmission PLC pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and Regulation 8(1) of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER). They received a fine of £334,000 and ordered to pay costs of £17,673.34, in addition to a victim surcharge of £170.

 

Source: SHP Online, National Grid fined following workers death, June 14th 2019. Read the full article.

Quarrying Company Fined After Fatal Dumper Truck Incident
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FP McCann Limited have been fined £150,000 after a worker was fatally injured in an MHE incident.

FP McCann Limited have been fined £150,000 after a worker was fatally injured in an MHE incident.

On 13th March 2015, the employee, Mr Nicholl, was working for FP McCann Limited, whom he had worked for 19 years. Mr Nicholl had been moving materials from a crushing and screening plant to a stockpile area at the quarry, using a dumper truck. Mr Nicholl was found later during his shift fatally injured besides the front wheel of the dumper truck.

The wheels of the truck were lodged in a build-up of materials known as edge protection which is a safety method used in quarries to prevent industrial vehicles driving into pits. During an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) following his death, the dumper truck that was being driven by Mr Nicholl was found to have a number of faults including low break efficiencies, no parking brake, no emergency steering and no working seatbelt.

The investigation also found that the edge protection at Knockloughrim Quarry was below the recommended height of 1.5m.

Health and Safety Executive principal Inspector Anne Boylan said: “The vehicle that Mr Nicholl was driving on the day of the incident had not been maintained in a safe condition and was not fit for use in a hazardous environment such as a quarry. Employers must ensure that work equipment, including work vehicles, undergo regular planned maintenance. Failure to do so may result in unsafe vehicles, leading to potentially serious or even fatal accidents. Robust systems must be in place to check that maintenance schedules are adhered to and vehicles are in a safe condition at all times.”

FP McCann Limited pleaded guilty of two breaches of health and safety legislation, receiving £75,000 for each of the fines, totaling £150,000.

 

Source: BBC News, FP McCann fined £150k after quarry worker death, 31st May 2019. Read the full article.

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