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    Health and Safety News

    Two hurt in warehouse cold store collapse

    By Jonathan Brown on February 6, 2016

    Two hurt in warehouse cold store collapse

    The collapse of a partially-built cold store at a new distribution warehouse left two workers with serious injuries, a court has been told.

    The accident at work happened in October 2010 while 20-year-old Nayan Patel and 27 year-old Guy Davies, were working on the cold store’s roof lids, Hamilton Sheriff Court heard.

    The pair were working for Sitewatch, a subcontractor of Hertfordshire-based John Sisk and Son Limited, which had been appointed as the principal contractor for fitting out the new warehouse at Motherwell in North Lanarkshire.

    Court imposes fines totalling £135,000

    John Sisk and Son Limited was fined £64,000 after being found guilty of breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act.

    Birkenhead-based Hemsec Installations Limited (HIL), which had been subcontracted to design and build the cold store, was fined £71,000 after being found guilty of the same offence.

    The court heard Mr Patel needed to have a metal plate put in his right arm after suffering two fractures when the roof lids collapsed. He also sustained a number of foot fractures. Mr Davies, meanwhile, suffered fractures to his right kneecap and thigh bones.

    ‘Accident was preventable’

    Following the court case Graeme McMinn, a principal inspector with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), said the accident could have been avoided had the principal contractor made sure that workers did not have access to the roof lid until confirmation was received that it was safe and correctly installed.

    He added that HIL should have made sure the connections installed by its subcontractor between the cold store wall and the roof lids were safe and met design specifications before Sisk was allowed access to the roof lids.

    Source: Health and Safety Executive

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    Date Published: February 6, 2016

    Author: Jonathan Brown

    Category: News

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