Southwark Crown Court has fined a firm £750,000 and ordered to pay costs of £100,000 for breaching Sections 2 and 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Etc Act 1974.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) told the court that two men aged 37 and 23 years old died after an incident where a crane collapsed in September 2006. One man fell from the crane and another was killed when the crane fell onto him.
The HSE investigation revealed that 24 bolts which allow the crane to rotate were in poor condition and had been weakened by metal fatigue. The Health and Safety Executive told the court that the company had failed to check the bolts nine weeks before when the bolts failed in a previous incident .
The HSE reported that the failure of the firm to check and maintain the crane’s components was a fundamental factor that should have been recognised and rectified.
After the case was heard, Mike Wilcock from the HSE said: “These two men need not have died had [the firm] taken the right, decisive action when the bolts failed the first time. The company fell far short of its health and safety obligation.”