Worker’s hand dragged into screed pump mixer blades

Grant Prior 13 years ago
Share

Two firms have been fined a total of £45,000 after a labourer suffered severe injuries when his hand was dragged into a screed pump.

The Health and Safety Executive investigated Kent Commercial Finishings Ltd and LCS Interiors Ltd after the incident on 14 July at a development at Wilton Plaza in Westminster.

Labourer Sean Forsythe, 22, from Streatham in London, was cleaning a screed pump, which is used to move concrete from a mixer to the floor of a building.

City of London Magistrates’ Court heard that the hose he was using to clean the pump got caught in the rotating blades of the mixer, pulling his hand into the machine.

Forsythe suffered severe cuts to his right hand, leaving him with permanent damage.

The investigation by HSE found the screed pump had no safety grill to stop the blades when it was lifted.

Magistrates heard a few months earlier another grille had broken off a pump but was not replaced– despite a written procedure being in place.

HSE prosecuted Kent Commercial Finishings Ltd of Monkhurst House, Sandy Cross, Heathfield, East Sussex – who were the contractor who hired the screed pump.

The company pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 11 of the Provision and Use of work Equipment Regulations 1998, and was fined £3,000.00 and ordered to pay costs of £2,000.00 at an earlier sentencing.

LCS Interiors Ltd of Little Burrow, Welwyn Garden City was responsible for the weekly inspection of the plant and machinery and was also prosecuted.

The company was found guilty of breaching Regulation 11 of the Provision and Use of work Equipment Regulations 1998 and was fined a total of £10,000 and ordered to pay costs of £30,000.

Following the hearing, HSE Inspector, Monica Babb said: “Mr Forsythe has been left with long term damage to his right hand – because a safety grille was not in place, a completely avoidable incident.

“It is simply not acceptable the companies involved in this incident failed to take action when a crucial piece of safety equipment broke.

“Had staff been adequately supervised and if the equipment had been properly maintained, this incident would not have happened.”

Latest news

Precast firm FP McCann cleared after immigration raid

Home Office takes no action after public raid on construction site
47 mins ago

25 groundworks firms win £100m Places for People deal

M&J Evans, Carmac and Churngold Construction feature housing association's line-up
51 mins ago

Energy efficiency firms angry at lack of CITB support

SME contractors funding bid "does not meet the current criteria for supporting productivity or EDI"
59 mins ago

£400m South Cambridge science park approved

Outline approval allows former sewage treatment works to be demolished
47 mins ago

McLaren gets green light for 45-storey Leeds tower

Landmark Wellington Square scheme will see 464 flats built with 360,000 sq ft of offices
3 days ago

Heavy rain causes 1.9% construction output fall

Hopes remain undampened of a resi-led recovery this summer
3 days ago

Taziker restruture to return to profitability after £1.2m loss

Founders bought the business back from private equity after last year's loss
3 days ago

£220m London wharf homes scheme approved

285 homes to be built beside protected Albert and Swedish Wharves in Wandsworth
3 days ago

Major project veteran named civils director for Sizewell C

David Speight previously worked on Hinkley, Heathrow and HS2 client teams
3 days ago

Morgan Sindall lands £19m Milton Keynes hospital job

Crane lifts to be carefully co-ordinated to ensure air ambulance remains active
4 days ago

Clancy bolsters civils leadership team

Daniel Tonkin and Simon Hyams join as operation directors of water and infrastructure
4 days ago

Balfour names new project boss for HS2’s super-hub station

Steve O’Sullivan replaces Nigel Russell who was promoted to CEO of Balfour's HS2 ops
4 days ago

Buckingham Group supply chain hit doubles to £256m

Total owed to unsecured creditors soars as surety providers finalise claims
4 days ago

Builders demand an end to police plant bans

Call to suspend all embargoes on moving mobile cranes and large site kit
4 days ago

Green light for £65m Blackpool multiversity campus

Education campus of 350,000 sq ft will be delivered in phases
4 days ago

Vinci signs £138m Sheffield steel forge expansion deal

Sheffield Forgemasters signs landmark contract after two years of pre-construction works
5 days ago

McAlpine hires HS2 programme boss to head defence arm

Armed forces logistics expert Mike Hickson takes role as MD of defence
5 days ago

£200m carbon capture plan for Deeside site

Energy from waste operator enfinium looking to invest in North Wales plant
4 days ago

McAleer & Rushe promotes five staff to contracts directors

Design and build contractor targets £500m revenue next year
5 days ago

Consultant quartet win Government estate upgrade deal

Government Property Agency selects Arcadis, Tetra Tech, AtkinsRéalis and McBains
5 days ago

Resi towers pioneer to transform Liverpool site

Beetham founder Hugh Frost to help develop 1,200 new homes
6 days ago

Construction Manager of the Year crowned

Galliford Try's Barry Kingscote wins coveted prize: Full list of winners
5 days ago

Landsec £250m London terraced office job approved

Skanska tipped for 20-storey Hill House scheme near Fleet Street
5 days ago

Lendlease tops March contracts league

BAM and ISG rank third with big contract wins
5 days ago

Vistry strikes deal with Homes England for 1,000 units

Firm's timber frames factory will supply most of the Midlands houses
5 days ago

Morgan Sindall go-ahead to build 23-storey Salford resi job

Funding deal with CBRE allows latest project on bank of River Irwell to proceed
6 days ago

Unite Students gains planning for London and Bristol schemes

RG Group will build landmark Stratford tower and Freestone Island projects
6 days ago

Rolls-Royce gets go-ahead for 1.1m sq ft expansion in Derby

Major expansion of Raynesway campus planned to met submarine fleet orders
6 days ago

GMI Construction edges back into profit

A year of controlled consolidation helped generate £0.9m profit but cash at bank dropped to £10m
6 days ago

Balfour gets final sign-off for HMP Highland at £209m

Deal struck for delayed Inverness prison after costs rocket
7 days ago

Contractor services