Bam Nuttall fined after inappropriate lifting operation injured worker
A construction company has been fined more than £800,000 after a worker suffered three fractured vertebrae when he was hit on the head by a large expanded polystyrene block after it slipped from an excavator bucket.
Brighton Magistrates Court was told how on 20 January 2017 workers were constructing a piling platform at Redhill Station in Surrey from expanded polystyrene blocks. One of the blocks slipped from an excavator bucket whilst being lowered into place, hitting the worker Andrew Stuart. According to the HSE, Mr Stewart is still suffering the effects of the injury and is likely to be on pain medication for the foreseeable future.
The HSE’s investigation found that the lifting operation had not used appropriate lifting accessories to transport the load and had simply trapped the load with the bucket against the dipping arm of the excavator.
Bam Nuttall Limited 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 was fined £833,333.33 with costs of £5,478.22, and a victim surcharge of £170.
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.”
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