A large construction company has been fined after a worker was injured during an unsafe lifting operation.
Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard that, on 9 December 2015, a pack of scaffolding tubes was being lifted by crane onto a platform which was two stories above the gantry below. The crane driver could not see the load, and was being assisted by a slinger-signaller working from the platform. The load made contact with the side edge of the platform and tipped, spilling scaffolding tubes onto the gantry, and injuring a scaffolder who was working there.
Existing measures to control access to nearby areas during lifting operations were enhanced following the incident.
BAM Construction Ltd pleaded guilty to breaching Section 8(1) of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 and was fined £40,000 and ordered to pay costs of £8,700.
Speaking after the case HSE Inspector Stephron Baker Holmes said:
“Construction companies should think carefully about how best to prevent loads being lifted over people who may be working in areas nearby.”
“In some cases it may be possible to restrict access to a particular area while lifting operations are being carried out above.”