Contractor fined £200,000 after MEWP accident
A demolition contractor has been fined £200,000 after the operator of an articulated boom type cherry picker became trapped between the vehicle platform rail and the roof of an industrial shed in 2017.
An HSE investigation found that the vehicle was not suitable for the work undertaken and that it was not fitted with propriety devices to avoid the likelihood of operators being crushed.
As a result of the incident the operator suffered life changing injuries which will require lifelong care.
Bradley Demolition Ltd of Preston pleaded guilty to safety breaches and was fined £200,000 and ordered to pay costs of £21,838.56.
Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector David Argument said: “If a suitable safe system of work had been in place prior to the incident, the life changing injuries sustained by the employee could have been prevented.”