Creagh Concrete hit with £1m fine after works fatality

Aaron Morby 1 year ago
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A concrete manufacturer has been fined £1m after a 24-year-old worker suffered fatal head injuries when the jaws of a metal grabber closed.

Stewart Ramsay died as metal grabber trapped his head
Stewart Ramsay died as metal grabber trapped his head

Stewart Ramsay, from Mansfield, was working for Creagh Concrete Products at its Hoveringham site in Nottingham when he suffered fatal head injuries six years ago.

The young worker was trying to fix a problem that happened as he and colleagues were using a metal grab to unload Spantherm, a concrete building product, from some trailers.

The metal grab shouldn’t have been in use.

Ramsay became trapped in the jaws of the grab after a rope connected to the locking lever snapped releasing the jaws of the grab causing fatal injuries.

CCP was sentenced at Nottinghamshire Crown Court after the firm admitted failing to ensure its employees carried out lifting operations safely and without training and information being in place.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive found that both the grab and a fork lift truck being used at the time were in poor condition. Neither should have been in service at the time of the incident.

CCP had failed to ensure that these pieces of work equipment had been maintained in an efficient state, efficient working order or in good repair.

HSE Inspector Mr Amandip Dhanda said: ”This tragic incident led to the avoidable death of a young man.

“Stewart’s death could easily have been prevented if his employer had acted to identify and manage the risks involved, and to put a safe system of work in place.

“The work equipment being used at the time of the incident should not have been in use, and the employer would have known this had they effectively followed their own health and safety systems.”

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