A Lancashire scaffolding company has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), after an employee suffered serious personal injury in an accident at work.
Thirty one year old David Collins from Manchester was employed by Spectra Scaffolding of Bury and was working on a retail refurbishment project at Festival Park, in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent.
Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court, was told that father of two Mr. Collins was unloading scaffolding tubes which were twenty one feet in length, from the rear of a lorry using a vehicle mounted crane, unfortunately a lifting sling which was being used to support the tubes detached from the hook of the crane and sent the metal tubes which weighed almost one and a half tonnes crashing down on top of him.
Mr. Collins has been told he will never walk again, after suffering serious injuries to his head, back and leg in the incident.
An investigation by the HSE revealed that the scaffolder had not received adequate instruction or supervision and that the company had failed to plan the lifting operation adequately.
Spectra Scaffolding, of Warth Road Industrial Estate, Bury, was fined £40,000 and ordered to pay a total of £45,000 in court costs, after admitting a breach of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations and the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations.