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Crane accident leaves firm with hefty fine

27th November 2013 | Health and Safety Signs, Warning Signs

Posted by Ben Alexander

A company has been sentenced and fined after a Preston worker was crushed by a crane whilst attempting to replace a control cable.

The accident happened at an Assystem UK Ltd factory in Bamber Bridge. Liam O’Neill, then 51, was working on a platform which was in the path of an overhead crane.

The power to the crane had not been switched off, and when Mr O’Neill climbed up to replace the control cable it moved, trapping him against the guard rail.

Assystem UK Ltd was found guilty of breaching the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. It was fined £160,000 and ordered to pay £52,500 costs.

HSE inspector Stuart Kitchingman said that Assystem “didn’t think about the potential consequences of having a working platform in the path of an overhead crane”.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801665538-ADNFCR


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