31 July 2008
Cradle collapse results in fines for two firms
The collapse of an access cradle, which caused the death of one employee and injured three others, has resulted in two firms receiving fines.
During a hearing at Sheffield crown court, Bradway Construction was ordered to pay £25,000 plus costs of £18,000 after pleading guilty to breaching health and safety laws.
Meanwhile, Apollo Cradles was issued a fine of £115,000, as well as costs of £45,000.
The incident occurred in July 2003 when the four staff members were using the cradle to work on the exterior of an office block situated in Sheffield.
During their activities, the cradle failed and the men fell ten metres to the ground below.
Commenting on the case, Health and Safety Executive principal inspector Dave Redman said: "The incident could have been avoided had Apollo Cradles ensured that the equipment it was providing was safe and fit for use."
Statistics produced by the executive suggest that 241 workers died in 2006-07, with construction recording the highest total of fatal injuries having been responsible for 31 per cent of all employee deaths.