There is no item in your cart
Costain has been fined £1.2m after a mobile elevated work platform (MEWP) containing two workers collapsed onto its side during work on a bypass. One of the workers suffered life-changing injuries.
Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court heard that in the
summer of 2015, to support the construction of the A556 bypass in Cheshire,
work had started to build a pier designed to eventually support a bridge. This
involved erecting a steel cage. On 3 August, two workers on a MEWP were working
on the structure, when it collapsed.
The first employee sustained life changing head injuries and
the second a leg fracture. A third worker nearby escaped injury by moving away
just in time.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
found there was no temporary support for the reinforcement cage during
construction of the central pier. Costain was principal contractor and
Brenbuild was appointed by Costain to construct seven bridges and an underpass.
Costain and Brenbuild were both aware the cage was visibly
leaning and that workers on site had raised concerns. Neither company
recognised the inherent instability of the reinforcement cage or took measures
to ensure the work could be carried out safely. Brenbuild failed to stop work
to prevent injuries from the risk of collapse and to implement control measures
to prevent instability. Costain failed to plan, manage and monitor construction
of the central pier.
Brenbuild of Parkway Business Park, Scunthorpe pleaded
guilty to breaching sections 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work
etc. Act 1974. The company was fined £80,000 and ordered to pay costs of
Costain of Vanwall Business Park, Maidenhead, pleaded guilty
to breaching sections 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act
1974. The company was fined £1.2m and ordered to pay costs of £21,644.51.
HSE inspector Deborah Walker said: “This incident could have been easily prevented and the risk of collapse should have been identified by both companies.
“If a suitable safe system of work had been in place, this
incident would not have occurred, and the two workers would not have suffered