A fifty-seven year old man was crushed by a crane while carrying out maintenance work on a neighboring travelling crane at a West Midlands steel company. The HSE investigation noted that he was not wearing a harness, there was no other fall protection in place and there was no safe system of work at height to prevent crush injuries or falls.
Wolverhampton Crown Court heard in December 2012 that the approved code of practice for working with lifting equipment had been ignored: with no measures having been taken by the company to isolate the other crane and account for proximity hazards.
C Brown & Sons (Steel) Ltd pled guilty to breaching section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 in relation to this incident. The company was fined £120,000 with a further £26,552 to be paid in prosecution costs. No penalty was imposed for a separate breach of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.