18 April 2008
Company made to pay after one man dies and other suffers broken neck
A company has been hit with a fine of £100,000 following an incident in which one worker died and another suffered a broken neck and leg.
The accident happened in March 2007 when a load fell from a crane and landed on welder Keith Wharton and his colleague Christopher Cansfield.
There was found to be no safety catch on the hook of the crane.
During a court hearing, MRX Engineering Support Services - which was trading as Stackright Building Systems and is a supplier of products, services and construction capacity in the storage handling and building industries - pleaded guilty to breaching health and safety regulations.
"Keith Wharton should not have died. His was an avoidable, pointless and unnecessary death in an environment where there were numerous safety issues," stated Health and Safety Executive inspector Iain Evans, who investigated the incident.