The Health and Safety Executive has said that the piling industry should take heed of fines handed down by Liverpool Crown Court this week following an incident involving an horizontal auger.
Costain and Galliford Try Building were each fined £1.4M and order to pay costs of over £100,000 after a worker was injured while working with an auger inside a storm overflow chamber at a waste water treatment works in Cheshire.
During the incident on 5 March 2015, a worker’s foot became trapped in a large rotating screw which led to the amputation of three toes.
An HSE investigation found that Costain and Galliford Try had failed to properly plan and manage the commissioning work.
A spokesman for the HSE told GE that although this incident is related to a fixed piece of machinery, the hazard of entanglement was not dissimilar to that presented by a piling rig auger. He urged the piling industry to consider the risks of work carefully in light of the injury suffered by the worker and fines handed down to the companies.
Speaking after the case, HSE inspector David Argument said: “Employers should make sure they properly assess and apply effective control measures to minimise the risk posed by dangerous parts of machinery.”