A building contractor has been fined £15,000 after a worker was killed when a load fell from a tower crane during a lifting operation in Colchester.
Urban Summit Construction Ltd was the Principal Contractor on a construction site at King Edward Quay, Haven Road, Colchester, where 780 student accommodation apartments were being built.
Operation was not carried out in a safe manner
As a load was lifted using the site’s tower crane, it became detached from the chains securing it and landed on David Holloway, 35, the Banksman in charge of the operation.
He sustained extensive injuries and died onsite.
An investigation found the company failed to ensure that the lifting operation was carried out in a safe manner.
Urban Summit Construction Ltd of 15 California, Little Downham, Ely, Cambridgeshire CB6 2UF, was fined £15,000 and ordered to pay £29,127 in costs after pleading guilty to breaching Regulation 8 (1)(c) of The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998.
Warning to construction companies
Speaking after the hearing at Colchester Magistrates Court, HSE Inspector David King said that if the work had been properly planned and supervised, Mr Holloway would not have died.
“Guidance on carrying out lifting operations safely is freely available on HSE’s website, if this company had properly planned and supervised this work, this tragic incident could have been avoided”, he said.
He warned construction companies to carry out lift operations in the proper manner and with supervision.
He said: “It is essential that lifting operations are carried out in a safe manner, to help ensure the lift is carried out without risk to those in the area. Lifting operations must be properly planned by a competent person, carried out by adequately trained persons, and with appropriate supervision.”
Source: Health and Safety Executive