Construction firm punished for faulty steel beam lift
A Hertfordshire-based construction firm has been fined after one of its employees suffered serious injuries in an accident involving steel beams.
The 58-year-old John Doyle Construction worker was directing crane drivers on a site in Victoria in September 2007 when he was struck by 2.7-metre beams which fell from a tower crane.
City of London Magistrates heard that the man sustained severe damage to his right arm and leg - while also requiring a metal plate in his head - and has not worked since.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) revealed that the lifting of the beams was not performed safely and that the site was cluttered with building materials.
The company pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 8(1)(c) of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations and was fined £2,000 and ordered to pay £17,466 in costs.
"This type of incident illustrates the importance of lifting operations being properly supervised and carried out in a safe manner," said HSE inspector Monica Babb.
"The site should have been tidier and there should have been a specific area set aside for lifting operations."
It is crucial that building firms use safety measures such as warning signs, as HSE statistics suggest that construction sites play host to more serious and fatal injuries than any other type of workplace.
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