HSE Inspector Explains
Health & Safety Executive (HSE) Inspector Peter Snelgrove said, following the case: ‘David Evan’s tragic death was completely avoidable, had Cavendish Masonry properly planned and managed the installation of the heavy limestone.
‘The lift itself was relatively straightforward and there is no blame on the part of the crane operator who put the stone in place.
‘The stone toppled because its shape was such that it was potentially unstable when free standing, yet nothing was used to fix it in place. It needed to be sufficiently restrained before the lifting slings attaching it to the crane were removed.
‘The drawings for the work were wholly insufficient and the overall execution of the project fell significantly below the standard required and expected of a competent masonry company.’
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