St George fined £50,000 for platform collapse

Grant Prior 5 years ago
Share

Developer St George has been fined after a formwork carpenter was seriously injured when a temporary platform collapsed at a landmark site in south London.

Noel Doyle, 32, from Hammersmith, suffered a shattered right elbow, broken vertebrae, fractured pelvis and ribs, and damage to internal organs in the incident at St George Wharf in Vauxhall on 10 February 2009.

He fell almost ten metres onto a concrete staircase when the platform gave way.

Southwark Crown Court heard that on the day of the fall Doyle was helping two colleagues, including a foreman, to raise a temporary work platform inside a concrete shaft to house a stairwell within a building under construction, which was known as ‘Block A’.

The platform was lifted from one floor to another by a crane using four lifting chains before being locked in place in the shaft to enable the next level to be constructed.

It had been raised from the fourth to the fifth floor level when the crane operator was inadvertently instructed by the foreman to take the chains away while one of them was still attached.

The platform was lifted by only one corner and disintegrated.

Of the three workers standing on the temporary structure at the time, two managed to jump to safety but Doyle was unable to do so.

He fell into the shaft beneath with parts of the platform and equipment that had been stored on top raining down on him.

Mr Doyle required extensive treatment and physiotherapy, and has been left with limited movement in his right arm because of the elbow injury. He is no longer able to work in construction.

An HSE investigation identified that St George South London Ltd, as the principal contractor, had failed to properly plan and manage the construction work so as to avoid risks to safety.

The company failed to ensure that their subcontractors had developed and implemented safe systems of work, particularly in relation to the management and use of temporary works.

St George South London Ltd, of Imperial Wharf, Fulham, was fined £50,000 and ordered to pay £27,386 in costs after pleading guilty to a breach of the CDM regulations.

After sentencing HSE Inspector Loraine Charles said:

“It is vitally important that principal contractors appreciate that managing and monitoring subcontractors involves more than merely requiring them to provide risk assessments and method statements, and then carrying out basic hazard spotting inspections.

“They need to make sure that there is a proper assessment of the content of the documentation provided to ensure that they make sense and properly address the risks associated with the work being undertaken.

“In this case, St George South London concerned themselves more with the existence than the content of the subcontractor safety documents, and although they themselves carried out regular site safety inspections, all of these were superficial and failed to indentify significant systemic failures.”

The company subcontracted for the construction of the reinforced concrete frame of the building was also prosecuted over the collapse.

J Reddington Ltd, of Borehamwood, Herts, was fined £70,000 and ordered to pay £22,193 in costs after pleading guilty to a breach of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 at Southwark Crown Court on 28 June last year.

Latest news

Spurs stadium builders earning more than the players

Team of 3,800 construction workers now on site to get job finished
1 hour ago

Winners revealed for London Development Panel 2

29 organisations secure places on huge housing framework
16 hours ago

Murphy lands luxury resi and retail scheme in Henley

Construction starts this month on mixed-use scheme by the Thames
46 mins ago

Green light for Mace £70m Sheffield PRS and student scheme

Mace ramps up student development business with fourth project
1 hour ago

Wates wins £70m Barnet council building upkeep deal

Builder will maintain nearly 100 public buildings in North London Borough
1 hour ago

York Council retenders Interserve Guildhall revamp

Bids to be invited in January for Grade I building refurbishment
3 hours ago

Stantec to acquire Peter Brett Associates

Latest deal adds another 700 professionals to the expanding Stantec team
21 hours ago

Balfour boosts profits despite another Aberdeen road hit

Build to Last programme on track but Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route losses rise to £135m
1 day ago

War of words starts over Spurs stadium delay

Tottenham board "hugely frustrated" by eleventh hour report of problems by Mace
1 day ago

NG Bailey reveals £2.2m Carillion hit

M&E firm reveals cost of stalled Midlands hospital project
24 hours ago

Leading steel fabricator falls into administration

Rippin goes under due to slow paying customers and orders slowing down
2 days ago

Four clinch £500m Midlands highways framework

Balfour Beatty, Eurovia, Galliford Try and Morgan Sindall bag medium schemes framework places
1 day ago

Kier confirmed for London £27m biomedical labs job

Work to start later this year on  London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine project
1 day ago

Ex O’Rourke site leader to oversee Everton stadium scheme

Major project veteran Colin Chong to oversee move to Bramley-Moore Dock
1 day ago

Spurs confirm stadium opening delay

Tottenham holding urgent talks with Mace and trade contractors
2 days ago

Crane drivers threaten “autumn of anarchy”

Unite members at mobile giant Ainscough in strike threat
3 days ago

Plan submitted for vast York Central redevelopment

Work on York 45ha railway land redevelopment could start next year
2 days ago

Construction start date for office scheme next to Crossrail

Workspace giant HB Reavis acquires Farringdon site
2 days ago

Road and commercial delays hit Polypipe profits

Residential sector still booming and materials giant confident about rest of the year
2 days ago

Boot submits Nottingham £60m warehousing scheme

Building work set to start by autumn 2019
2 days ago

Ikon blames collapse on site death investigation

Trade creditors owed more than £9m as assets sold to new firm set up by former directors
3 days ago

Construction Enquirer Awards Top Ten winners revealed

More than 15,000 votes cast already. Book now for the big night
3 days ago

£560m Welsh healthcare framework winners

Four contractors secure NHS Wales major project pipeline
3 days ago

Balfour Beatty starts Mayfair luxury flats

Luxury 32-flats scheme is being built at 60 Curzon Street
3 days ago

Boost your online presence – join the new Enquirer Directory

New site for suppliers and buyers will showcase their products, services and latest stories
4 months ago

Yorkshire Water starts bid race for £1bn AMP 7 work

Selected firms will deliver works not covered by tier one alliance partners
3 days ago

Plans in for £350m Leicestershire warehouse hub

IM Properties submits plan for 3.6m sq ft logistics hub near the M42
3 days ago

Redrow plots £180m Brentford mixed-use scheme

House builder teams up with social housing provider for 450-flat London scheme
3 days ago

Galliford Try wins £11m Coventry swimming pool

Olympic-size pool to be built within leisure centre on 3G football pitch site
3 days ago

Track workers dive for their lives to avoid 125mph train

Agency staff scared to challenge unsafe system of work
6 days ago

Contractor services