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Construction worker suffers serious injuries after fall from height

13 December 2017

Two companies, Deans Construction Limited and Universal Coatings and Services Limited, have been sentenced today after a roofing sub-contractor was ejected from the basket of a cherry picker, resulting in serious chest injuries.

Teesside Magistrates’ Court heard that, on 13 May 2016, the injured person was carrying out roofing repairs inside a large industrial building at Port Clarence Offshore Base in Middlesbrough. He was thrown from the basket of a cherry picker when it was hit by a moving crane. He was wearing a work restraint lanyard and harness which saved him from falling 12 metres and suffering serious injuries.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the risk of impact between the cherry picker and the operational crane had not been identified by the roofing contractor, Deans Construction Limited, or the client, Universal Coatings and Services Limited. Consequently, suitable measures were not taken to prevent operation of the crane when the roof repairs were being carried out inside the building.

Deans Construction Limited of Frederick House, Brenda Road, Hartlepool pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and was fined £1,000.00 and ordered to pay costs of £621.00.

Universal Coatings and Services Limited of Port Clarence Road, Middlesbrough pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and was fined £18,000.00 and ordered to pay costs of £823.00.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Michael Kingston said: “This incident could so easily have been avoided by the roofing contractor and the client working together to ensure that the risks were properly identified, and that suitable control measures were put in place.

“The risk of impact between the operational crane and the cherry picker should have been identified, and the crane should have been isolated from its power supply to prevent it being used during the roof repairs. Had these simple measures been taken, life changing injuries to the worker could have been avoided.”

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