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A construction accident which left a worker with one of his limbs missing, has seen the company involved receive a fine from the Health and Safety Executive.
Demolition work was being carried out on a railway bridge in central London in 2010. Some lifting work was required in order to fit beams onto the new construction so the company in charge subcontracted this part of the job out to another company. An L-shaped beam was being lifted by crane on to the bridge but it fell off and crushed the worker, seriously damaging his legs, which led to one of the them being amputated.
During the court hearing, the company pleaded guilty to health and safety failings while work was being undertaken on the railway bridge. No risk assessment had been undertaken by the main contractor in terms of loading and unloading and plans to move the beam were not carried out effectively.
There was also no information given about the instability of the beam to those people who would be on the job. An inspector of the railways said that the company had had a duty to look after the health and safety of employees and subcontractors and it had not done this. He said: “In December 2010, the company failed to adequately plan the loading and securing of a steel and concrete beam for a bridge, weighing over six tonnes, on a railway wagon. This failing led to one of the beams toppling over, trapping a construction worker’s legs just above the ankle when he was preparing it for lifting. As a result he suffered severe, life changing injuries, which led to one leg being amputated.”
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