Health and Safety Practitioner
A civil engineering company in the North East has been sentenced after a worker suffered fatal injuries after falling 15 meters when a platform he was working on unexpectedly collapsed.
The worker was involved in the dismantling of the Brent Bravo, a former North Sea oil and gas platform, on July 31, 2019, Teesside Magistrates Court heard.
Able UK Limited has been contracted to dismantle four platforms in the Brent oil and gas field in the North Sea. The incident occurred during the removal of a module located at the northwest corner of the Brent Bravo platform. When planning the module’s removal, it was noted that there were three platforms on the basement deck of the structure that would need to be moved to allow the module to fall safely.
The planning team did not recognize that one of the platforms was not part of the main structure and was attached to the platform using bolts which had corroded over time. This affected the structural integrity of the platform and the methodology required to safely remove it. While cutting the bracing beams, the platform unexpectedly collapses and causes one of the employees to fall 15 meters.
An HSE investigation into the incident found that Able UK Limited failed to carry out a full structural assessment of the platform prior to demolition. This would have informed the risk assessment and method statement used by the cutting crew at the time of the incident to ensure that the work could have been carried out safely.
Able UK Limited of Able House, Billingham Reach Industrial East, Haverton Hill Road, Cleveland, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 2(1) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 1974 and was sentenced to a fine of £200,000 with costs of £20,991.24 by Teesside Magistrates Court.
After the hearing, HSE Inspector Richard Littlefair said: ‘When undertaking demolition work where structures are left in a pre-weakened state it is essential that those controlling the work take the appropriate action. to ensure the safety of all involved. the work. This includes ensuring that the stability of structures is considered before and during demolition work, as well as ensuring that control measures are in place to mitigate other associated health and safety risks. safety, such as working at height.
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