14 Nov 2016

Worker seriously injured in Mobile Platform Fall

A Buckinghamshire waste equipment maintenance firm has been fined after a worker suffered serious head injuries when a mobile elevating work platform (MEWP) overturned.

Geoffrey Hatton, 49, from County Durham, was in the process of dismantling a compactor at a site in Wilmslow, Cheshire when the incident occurred on the 19th January 2015.

Minshull Street Crown Court heard that Mr Hatton, who was in the MEWP, and a colleague, were taking large pieces of cladding off the frame of a compactor. A large piece of the cladding came into contact with the MEWP and caused it to fall over. Mr Hatton fractured his skull and two ribs in the incident and spent two months in hospital.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found serious safety failings by Cole Mechanical Services Ltd. The MEWP was being used outside when it was only suitable for internal work, the firm’s employees were not trained in how to use MEWPS or how to safely erect tower scaffolding, and no risk assessment had been conducted for the work being carried out. In addition, at the time of the incident another worker was working on a fragile roof with no protection to prevent falls.

Cole Mechanical Services Ltd of Ashbridge Road, Chesham, Buckinghamshire pleaded guilty to a breach of Section 2(1)of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and was fined £30,000 and ordered to pay costs of £8995.00

As you've read today, accidents involving MEWPs have serious cost and programme implications for the site involved.

A Good To Go Safety MEWP Inspection Checklist can be used on multiple applications, including cherry pickers, telescopic booms and scissor lifts – offering one simple solution.

Helps compliance with PUWER, LOLER, WAHR, CDM, IPAF & HSE legislation and best practice. The highly visible tag can be positioned by the point of entry to remind operatives to carry out the MEWP pre-use checks and to advise of the findings. The checklist is used to carry out essential visual checks of the MEWP to help highlight any potential issues and to identify when it is good to go. This essential checklist can be used in conjunction with the MEWP manufacturer’s manual.

IPAF recommends the MEWP should be inspected both before and after use to ensure it is safe, complete, working properly and clean. The guidelines and checklist supplied by Good to Go Safety are a perfect supplement to the instructions and training already given to operatives. If a safety problem is identified, or any uncertainties are raised with the MEWP checklist, the status display should be immediately updated to “DO NOT USE” whilst advice is sought from the site manager, supervisor or safety officer.

For further information on working at height please go to: http://www.hse.gov.uk/construction/safetytopics/workingatheight.htm

1 comment:

  1. It's something we have to work each day and properly, thanks for all the information because it's very useful for me


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