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Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector Natalie Tinsley told IOSH Magazine that it had not been made clear to workers that they could use an onsite crane to support heavy shaft brackets during work at the former Tow Law factory in County Durham.
As a result, the injured worker fashioned three support legs from scrap metal which he welded on to the bottom of a 2.8 m x 1.3 m piece of steel.
One of the support legs gave way in November 2014 and the 2.5 tonne metal part fell on the 57-year-old welder. He spent three weeks in hospital, where his leg had to be amputated above the knee.
Tinsley served an improvement notice on Bonds Foundry after her investigation found it had not carried out a risk assessment nor provided a safe system of work. There was also a lack of supervision on site.
"[The company] hadn't risk assessed that job so everything that comes after didn't happen. The management thought the crane should be used but there wasn't a safe system of work and this hadn't been communicated to their employees," she said.
"Using the crane would have been a safe system of work but the instruction wasn't passed down to the employees for them to do that."
After the accident Bonds Foundry implemented a cradle system to support the steel castings.
The company pleaded guilty to breaching reg 3 of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations for not putting in place a "suitable and sufficient assessment of the risks to which employees were exposed when working on shaft bracket castings without the appropriate use of lifting equipment to support the bracket during this work", according to daily newspaper The Northern Echo.
At Durham Crown Court on 29 January, the judge determined Bonds Foundry's culpability as being low and said the harm category was 2. Under the sentencing guidelines, it is classed as a small organisation (£6.7m turnover in 2017). After factoring in its good safety and health record, subsequent remedial measures and early guilty plea, the judge fined Bonds Foundry £21,000 and ordered it to pay costs of more than £23,400.
Hull Crown Court was told that Tata Steel employee Thomas Standerline, 26, was standing inside a cage while inspecting a crane in April 2010. An overhead crane travelled over the edge of his cage and trapped him, leading to instant death. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that, even after the occurrence of two incidents prior to Standerline’s death, Tata Steel had failed to enforce its own safety procedures. It also found that the overhead crane in question should not have been in operation.
Tata Steel employee Thomas Standerline, 26, was carrying out maintenance work on a semi-goliath gantry crane in the slab yard at the company’s large steel plant in Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, when the accident happened in April 2010. He was standing in the semi-goliath’s inspection cage when another overhead crane passed directly above him. He was caught between the two and died instantly.Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector Kirsty Storer said that at the time contractor Harsco Metals was responsible for running the slab yard and operating the cranes.
The 57-year-old Bonds Foundry employee was working on a large shaft bracket casting at the former Tow Law site when one of the supports gave way in November 2014. He spent three weeks in hospital, where his leg was amputated above the knee. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) served an improvement notice on Bonds Foundry on 5 January 2015 after its investigation found the company had failed to provide a safe system of work for shaft bracket castings, which are used to support rotating shafts such as those that drive boat propellors.
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The 4.5 m tall concrete structure at Hawkeswood Metal Recycling’s plant gave way on 7 July 2016 crushing the workers, before tonnes of scrap metal behind fell on top. The five men were pronounced dead at the scene, while a sixth escaped from the debris with only a broken leg. The HSE has taken over from the West Midlands Police and will investigate whether any safety regulations were breached.
Seven people were killed and 62 injured when the tram, which was travelling at 73 kph when it approached a bend with a 20 kph speed limit, derailed and overturned at the Sandilands junction in south London. The RAIB published its report into the accident last December and made several recommendations.