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Multiple injuries suffered as platform collapses

13th January 2014 | Health and Safety Signs

A London firm has been fined after serious safety failings caused a temporary platform to collapse while three employees were working on it.

The platform was raised up to the working height of ten metres by a crane, to which it was attached by four lifting chains. The worker operating the crane was told to take the chains away, but when they did so they found that one was still attached to the platform.

The platform was lifted by one corner, and collapsed. Two workers managed to jump clear of the wreckage, but one did not manage to in time.

Noel Doyle, from Hammersmith, fell ten metres onto concrete and was hit by parts of the platform and the equipment that had been on top of it. He suffered a shattered right elbow, broken vertebrae, fractured pelvis and ribs, and damage to his internal organs.

The developer, St George South London Ltd, was fined £50,000 and ordered to pay £27,386 in costs after pleading guilty to a breach of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801681399-ADNFCR


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