A mechanical fitter working at a North Yorkshire power plant, suffered serious personal injury after a 13kg weight fell from an overhead crane.
The nineteen year old employee, who has not been named but is believed to be from the Scunthorpe area, was part of a two man team operating a twenty one ton crane, at the Drax Power Station, in North Yorkshire.
In order to change the cranes direction a steel pole had to be used to pull down on a chain, which in turn operated the cranes steering mechanism, but as the two men did this a counter-balance weight managed to separate itself from the crane and was sent hurtling towards the ground.
The 13kg weight landed on the fitter’s right foot causing a fracture, despite the fact that he was wearing reinforced safety boots.
An investigation into the incident by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) revealed that the heavy weight was secured in place with only a single nut and bolt, it was also discovered that the crane involved had not been serviced for nine months.
Drax Power Ltd and their contractor Konecranes UK Ltd, who were responsible for the on-site maintenance of all cranes and hoists, were both prosecuted by the HSE and fined a total of £13,300 each.