Two hurt in excavator fall


A demolition contractor has been fined £134,000 after two workers sustained serious injuries when they fell from an excavator attachment.

Greater Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard how Cheshire Demolition and Excavation Contractors Ltd was demolishing a derelict nightclub in Alderley Edge, Cheshire in November 2016. The two workers climbed into a pick bin and were lifted by an excavator but the bin suddenly released, causing both men to be ejected and fall around seven metres on to a pile of bricks and rubble. One suffered a broken back and the other a fractured skull.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the contractor did not properly plan the work and failed to provide suitable access equipment. The company had provided a scissor lift on site but decided to remove it from site prior to the incident. The operatives had no other means of accessing areas at height.

Cheshire Demolition and Excavation Contractors pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and was fined £134,000 with £6,303 costs.

HSE inspector David Argument commented: “These risks could so easily have been avoided if the work at height was properly planned and appropriately supervised. Companies should be aware that HSE will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action against those that fall below the required standards.”


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©Scottish Plant.  Article posted 6/1/2019