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Welder loses leg when slings fail

7 Oct 13 A Northern Irish welder had to have one of his legs amputated below the knee after a five-tonne section of metal fell onto him when the slings holding it up failed.

His employer, Plumbridge engineering company Waste Systems Ltd, was last week fined £18,000 plus costs of £1,760 at Dungannon Crown Court for two breaches of health and safety legislation.

The case was brought by the Health & Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) whose investigation found that the slings involved in the February 2012 accident were not suitable for the job. They were in poor condition and slings of different ratings were tied together.

After the hearing, HSENI inspector Anne Cassidy said: “The risks associated with lifting operations are well known and there is widely available guidance for companies to follow. It is vital to select the correct type and rating of sling and to only use slings which are tested and in good condition.

“Staff involved in lifting activities should be trained to recognise dangers and to ensure that work is properly planned and carried out safely. Mr McGoldrick unnecessarily suffered life-changing injuries that would not have occurred had correct procedures been followed.”

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