Man killed by recoiling rope at ship scrapping yard
Wednesday 13th July 2016
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Hove Crown Court heard that employees of Diverse Ventures were using the rope to pull the jib of a ship-mounted crane back into position when it snapped under tension. The recoiling rope struck worker Paul Hudghton, 50, and he sustained significant head injuries.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigated the accident, which happened on 21 November 2012, and found there was no suitable or sufficient risk assessment while the task was being carried out. Hudghton, a freelance was not part of the work activity, the executive said, but he was standing in the operation's danger zone.
Diverse Ventures pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act. It was fined £45,000 and must pay £9,000 prosecution costs.
This latest fatal injury rate is 7% lower than the five-year (2010-11 to 2014-15) average rate of 0.52 per 100,000 workers (155 deaths).These figures indicate that the downward trend of workplace deaths – which has more than halved over the last 20 years – is levelling off, the HSE said.The 2015-16 statistics, which cover the 12 months from 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016, are provisional and will be finalised in July next year. This means that the figure of 144 could change.
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