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Plymouth mobile elevated work platform death: compnay fined £130,000

Mobile elevated platform death: £130,000 fine

Health and Safety Executive v Pyeroy Ltd (2017) Plymouth magistrates’ court, June 16

Statutory reference: regulation 4 of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 (WAH).

Pyeroy Ltd, a contractor, has been fined after a worker was killed.

The facts

· Keith Stevens was working for the company at Devonport Naval base. he was using a mobile elevated work platform (MEWP) to dismantle temporary roofing. He became trapped between a roof beam and the controls of the MEWP. He died of a pre-existing heart condition.

· The company had not properly planned the MEWP work in restricted overhead areas.

· Other employees had not been suitably trained in the emergency lowering procedure of the elevated platforms and no practice drills had been carried out.

The decision

The company was fined £130,000 plus £14,000 under regulation 4 of WAH.

An HSE inspector commented after the case that it highlighted the need for duty holders to properly plan all work at height beforehand, including emergency planning and rescue situations.

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