Three construction companies have been fined after a worker suffered serious crush injuries.
Michael Doyle was crushed by a falling 4.5-tonne section of conveyor at the Sleaford Renewable Energy plant on Boston Road, Sleaford, on 14 February 2013 while working for Derby-based Shaw Group UK Ltd.
The 49-year-old suffered multiple injuries in the incident including four cracked vertebrae, broken ribs, a punctured lung and broken ankle. He has been unable to return to work since.
Trapped by 4.5-tonne conveyor
Shaw Group UK Ltd had been subcontracted to install a boiler and other equipment, including a conveyor system to carry large straw bales, at the plant by Burmeister and Wain Energy (BWE).
Lincoln Magistrates’ Court was told how BWE was one of two Danish companies, the other being Burmeister and Wain Scandinavian Contractor (BWSC), that had formed a consortium to design and build the centre.
Mr Doyle from Fleetwood, Lancashire, was crushed when jacks used to raise the legs of the conveyor sections enough to take the skates off and then lower the legs down on to the rail released sooner than expected.
This caused one side to come down faster than the other and the conveyor swung, turned on its side and trapped him.
Shaw Group UK Ltd, of Stores Road, Derby, was fined a total of £17,350 and ordered to pay costs of £1,710 after it pleaded guilty to multiple safety breaches.
Burmeister and Wain Scandinavian Contractor, of Gydevang, Allerod, Denmark, was fined £4,670 and ordered to pay costs of £1,710, while Burmeister and Wain Energy, of Luntoftegardsvej, Lyngby, Denmark, was fined £5,350 and ordered to pay costs of £1,710. Both admitted single safety breaches.
Source: Health and Safety Executive
Date Published: March 17, 2015
Author: Jonathan Brown