Greater Manchester Magistrates’ Court was told that a former Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector photographed 27-year-old Terrance Murray standing on a platform on Quay Street, Manchester, on 30 June 2017. He was erecting scaffolding on the Grade II-listed Sunlight House ahead of window refurbishment work. The photograph shows that he was accompanied by a trainee scaffolder.
Alandale Plant and Scaffolding has been fined £160,000 over the incident, which happened on 20 March 2017. Westminster Magistrates’ Court was told that the injured person received cuts to his head and face, a broken nose and a severely bruised skull.Health and Safety Executive inspector Sarah Robinson said the company’s working practices were not safe. “On this occasion it did not follow their own risk assessments or method statements,” she said.
Quainton Logistics and Storage had let conditions on site fall well below the expected standards, said the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).Workers had not been given personal protective equipment and used crow bars to smash up asbestos cement roof sheets, which then had been left on top of mobile elevated work platforms (MEWPs) and forklift trucks.They were also working near open service pits without fall restraint equipment or edge protection, and a MEWP had been parked 1 m away from the perimeter of one of the pits.
The construction engineering firm was overseeing the construction of a multi-storey mixed-use building in London’s West End when the accident happened on 9 December 2015. A tower crane operator was lifting a load of about 50 1 m-long extendable transoms – horizontal poles that support scaffold boards – from a delivery lorry to a CantiDeck access platform on the third floor. A slinger signaller was guiding the load because the crane operator had a restricted view and could not see the lorry or the platform from his cab.
An employee at T&J Leigh was helping joinery contractor Harry Jackson to re-roof an old feed mill building at Ghyll View Farm in Longton, Lancashire on 1 November 2016 when he fell 5 m through a gap. He landed on a concrete floor and sustained serious head and arm injuries. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found the roof work was not properly planned. There were no measures in place to prevent or mitigate a fall from the roof.
The subcontracted worker sustained a massive rotator cuff tear of tendons and ligaments around his shoulder joint after falling backwards off a step-up work platform while working inside a modular unit at Ossington Road, Carlton-on-Trent, Newark. The injury prevented the painter and decorator from working for two years after the accident on 17 July 2013. He can no longer work above shoulder height.