A work accident left a carpenter with skull and leg fractures after being struck by a falling piece of a mock log cabin.
On Wednesday November 13, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted a specialist firm that makes scenery for London’s theatres and international fashion shows, following the incident on October 13 last year.
Souvenir Scenic Studios was fined £3,500.
The 35 year-old carpenter, from Stoke Newington in London, was injured when the 300 kg (47.2st) scenery toppled from a forklift truck and trapped him to the ground at the firm’s workshop in Southwark, London.
The incident was investigated by the HSE, which prosecuted the company for safety failings at Westminster Magistrates’ Court.
The worker, who does not wish to be named, had worked for the studios for over two years before the incident.
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Firm fined for scenery work accident
HSE’s investigation into the incident found insufficient planning for the lifting operation – which would also have identified the right equipment to use – was the main cause of the incident.
Souvenir Scenic Studios had created fibreglass cladding for the mock cabin, which would be fitted on a wheeled base unit comprised of three sections. The entire set was being loaded into a lorry for delivery to London’s Adelphi theatre for a West End production of The Bodyguard.
Souvenir Scenic Studios, of Oakmere, Durham, was also ordered to pay £2,033 in costs after admitting a single breach of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998.
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Date Published: November 15, 2013
Author: David Brown