A builder suffered serious work accident injuries when he was struck by a falling metal column before a popular classical music festival.
The unnamed worker, 54, of Thorngumbald in East Yorkshire, sustained fractures to his lower left leg and damaged vertebrae.
He was part of a crew erecting a temporary stage at East Yorkshire’s Classics in the Park festival on July 6, 2011 – four days before the first night.
A former Hull firm has been prosecuted over the incident at Brantingham Park, Elloughton.
Out of business
A joint investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and East Riding Council unearthed safety failures by Tega (Hull) Ltd.
The firm was due to be sentenced at Hull Crown Court on Tuesday, March 4 after admitting a breach of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 at a magistrates’ hearing last year.
But Tega (Hull) Ltd had been dissolved as a firm at the beginning of the year, the Crown Court heard. The court recorded the fact that the firm was no longer in business and so could not be sentenced.
The lifting accident happened when a team was attempting to raise a column to support the stage roof.
A forklift truck attempted to pull the column upright from its horizontal position on the stage as four workers pushed it from underneath. But the truck slid backwards on damp grass and the column fell, striking one of the workers.
The HSE’s investigation discovered Tega (Hull) Ltd did not have a safe system of work in place and had not adequately planned the lifting operation. It failed to protect both its own employees and outside contractors.
Source: Yorkshire Post
Date Published: March 6, 2014
Author: David Brown