Greater Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 15th November 2016, Cheshire Demolition & Excavation Contractors Limited was demolishing a derelict nightclub in Alderley Edge, Cheshire. The two workers climbed into a pick bin and were lifted by an excavator.
Both sustained serious injuries. One worker suffered a broken back and the other sustained a fractured skull.
An investigation by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) found that the contractor did not properly plan the work and failed to provide suitable access equipment. The company had provided a scissor lift on site, but decided to remove it from the site prior to the incident. The operatives had no other means of accessing areas at height.
Cheshire Demolition & Excavation Contractors Limited, of Moss Lane, Macclesfield, Cheshire, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. The company was fined £134,000 with £6,303.04 costs.