Urban Summit Construction Ltd has been fined £15,000 after a 35-year-old worker was killed during a lifting operation while constructing 780 student accommodation apartments in Colchester.
David Holloway sustained extensive injuries and died on site at King Edward Quay, Haven Road, on January 8, 2014 when a load become detached from the chains of the site’s tower crane and landed on the Banksman who was in charge of the operation.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted principal contractor Urban Summit Construction Ltd at Colchester Magistrates Court after an investigation found the company failed to ensure that lifting operation was carried out in a safe manner.
Urban Summit Construction Ltd of 15 California, Little Downham, Ely, Cambridgeshire CB6 2UF, pleading guilty to breaching Regulation 8 (1)(c) of The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998. As well as the £15,000 fine the contractor was also ordered to pay £29,127 in costs.
Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector David King, said: “It is essential that lifting operations are carried out in a safe manner, to help ensure the lift is carried out without risk to those in the area. Lifting operations must be properly planed by a competent person, carried out by adequately trained persons, and with appropriate supervision.”
“Guidance on carrying out lifting operations safely is freely available on HSE’s website, if this company had properly planned and supervised this work, this tragic incident could have been avoided”