An UK Magistrates Court recently fined two major construction contractors more
than £50,000 (70.600 €) because a subcontractor sustained serious back injuries
when he was struck by a steel bar that fell while being lifted into position by
crane onto a bridge pier under construction. The major construction contractors
pleaded guilty by failing to properly plan, supervise and carry out a lifting
operation safely. They failed to ensure the safety during lifting operations of
those not in their employment. Each company was fined and each ordered to pay
full prosecution costs.
A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) spokesman emphasized, that lifting
operations are a significant cause of fatal and serious injuries. It is vital
that they are properly planned, supervised and carried out safely. In
particular the safe slinging of all loads by competent persons is essential.
Everyone involved in lifting operations should take note of this case.
Contractors hiring cranes need to ensure that they have in place the correct
systems and expertise. If not, they will need to consider entering into
'contract hire' where the crane company agrees to carry out these vital
planning and supervisory duties.
AplusA-online.de - Source: Health and Safety Executive (HSE)