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Firms Fined After Worker Crushed by Concrete Beam

26 July 2011

Two companies have been fined a total of £130,000 after a worker was killed when he was crushed by a concrete beam on a building site in Essex.

Micor Ltd. and Crane and Transport Services Ltd. were prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive following the accident on 6 April 2006. Gary Drinkald, 43, was killed during overnight work to demolish a rail bridge. A 31-tonne concrete beam had been removed from the bridge and placed on the back of a low loader lorry. The chains securing the beam were removed from the crane before the beam was secured to the low loader and the beam fell and crushed Mr Drinkald.

Micor Ltd. was the main demolition contractor and pleaded guilty to breaching Sections 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. The company was fined £100,000 and ordered to pay costs of £20,000.

Crane and Transport Services Ltd., which had been subcontracted to provide staff to supervise the lifting procedure, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 8(1) of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998. It was fined £30,000 and ordered to pay costs of £10,000.

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