Mobile platform runs over worker’s foot

Grant Prior 8 years ago
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Four firms and individuals have been fined after a worker was injured while replacing a window at Leeds Prison.

Leeds Magistrates’ Court heard how a worker had his foot run over by a mobile elevating work platform (MEWP).

Stuart Tombs was the site manager via his own company SJT Site management Limited (SJT).

SJT was contracted by Longcross Construction Limited (LCL), the principal contractor for the window replacement work.

Fewell Engineering Limited (FEL) were subcontracted by LCL, and it was an employee of FEL who was pushing a trolley with the new window on it when the incident occurred.

The court heard an employee of SJT was operating a mobile elating work platform (MEWP) and driving it to the location of the work when one of the wheels struck the FEL employee and partially ran over his feet.

The injured man suffered multiple fractures in his right foot, a fracture of his left ankle and significant soft tissue damage to both feet.

An HSE investigation on 8 September 2014 found that Longcross ConstructionLimited, Fewell Engineering and SJT Site Management Limited, all failed to prepare suitable and sufficient risk assessments and method statements for the operation.

It was also discovered Tombs forged or fabricated site health and safety documents in an attempt to deflect responsibility.

Fewell Engineering Limited, of High Wycombe Buckinghamshire, pleaded guilty to safety breaches and was fined £20,000 and ordered to pay costs of £702.

Longcross Construction Limited of London pleaded guilty and was fined £20,000 and ordered to pay costs of £303.

SJT Site Management Limited, of Cannock, Staffordshire pleaded guilty and was fined £600 and ordered to pay costs of £199.

Stuart John Tombs, of Cannock, Staffordshire pleaded guilty and was fined £100 and ordered to pay costs of £149.

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