The importance of companies regularly maintaining their cranes has been stressed in a recent court case that saw a firm fined for breaking health and safety laws.
London-based William Fry Fabrications Limited was punished for failing to comprehensively carry out safety checks on two of its cranes. The company specialises in the fabrication of structural steel items.
It originally fell foul of Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigators on the matter during 2011, Westminster magistrates heard.
The HSE issued both Prohibition and Improvement Notice on the Neasden Lane company that year.
Even so, further HSE inquiries unearthed that William Fry still had not complied with the enforcement action from 2012 to 2015.
The company was legally obliged to examine its cranes at least once a year. But Executive inspectors found that this was not the case.
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William Fry admitted to breaking Regulation 9(3)(a) of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998.
Westminster magistrates fined the firm £13,333 as well as ordering it to pay £2,527 costs.
Source: Health and Safety Executive
Date Published: March 1, 2016
Author: Jonathan Brown