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Richard Blake, 63, was a welder and fabricator for Point Engineering which designs doors and hatches. In February 2014 Blake was positioning the marine hatch ready for inspection. He used a sling and overhead crane to move it to a vertical position so a surveyor could stamp the hinge with an approval mark.
The door fell on to Blake, trapping his pelvis and legs. His pelvis was shattered and he sustained a broken hip.
The surveyor was standing about 1 m away when the accident happened. He narrowly escaped injury when the hatch and frame grazed the toe of his safety boot.
At Hull Crown Court, Point Engineering pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 3(1)(a) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations, which requires employers to make a suitable and sufficient risk assessment. It was fined £30,000 with £24,577 costs.
"If the job had been correctly planned and risk assessed then a safe way of doing the job could have been established," said Health and Safety Executive inspector Sarah Lee after the hearing.
Louise Hunt, senior coroner for Solihull and Birmingham, opened inquests into the five deaths on 20 July and immediately adjourned them, pending investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the police. The five workers were killed when a 4.5 m concrete wall collapsed on them at a recycling facility in Birmingham.The wall, at Hawkeswood Metal Recycling’s Aston Park Road plant, comprised 1.5-tonne blocks. It gave way just before 9am on 7 July, causing tonnes of scrap metal behind it to fall on top.
Bristol Crown Court heard that the Concrete Fabrications employee, who wants to remain anonymous, was adjusting tension rods to rectify the misaligned conveyor. The bars were inside the machine’s guard, close to the conveyor belt and rotating tail pulley. Aggregate had built up on the tension rods and he attempted to knock it off with a hammer, but it was caught by the rotating machinery. The worker’s arm was dragged in and severed between the shoulder and elbow.
A panel on the sectional vertical door at ESP’s premises in Malvern, Worcestershire, was broken and the company’s manager asked the worker and his colleague to check it. There was a spare panel in the factory and they decided to replace the faulty one on 5 May 2015. The panel sections of the door were connected by hinges. On the side of each section was a bracket with a roller that ran inside the vertical track in the door frame. The 150 kg door was held in position by two cables that connected the bottom panel to a pair of springs near the ceiling.
Ken Cresswell, 57, Chis Huxtable, 34, and John Shaw, 61, were trapped underneath rubble on 23 February and have not been found. Michael Collings, 53, was also killed and his body has already been recovered.The decommissioned Didcot A power station in Oxfordshire was due to be demolished when the boiler house partially collapsed on 23 February. A 50 m exclusion zone was then set up around the site after the remaining structure became unstable.
Complete Demolition had been contracted to demolish a school at Stanney Lane, Ellesmere Port in Cheshire to make way for a new leisure centre. On 27 November 2013, while the site was being cleared, a skip truck driver reversed into a space that a 40 tonne excavator was vacating. Another worker, who was on foot, was standing in the same area. As the excavator manoeuvred it hit him, knocked him to the ground and ran over his foot.
On 16 November 2012, Roxel (UK Rocket Motors) employee Ron Craik was inspecting a faulty rocket charge in a room which had a doorway into a magazine - a store room containing 230 kg of propellant charges.Roxel employee Alan Jameson and an agency worker, Anthony Jones, were with Craik in the room.Craik was using a fibreoptic borescope, a flexible tube with a light on one end, to illuminate the inside of a Titus rocket charge. The heat from the borescope’s light ignited the charge’s propellant.