Bridge constructors fined £10,000 after worker seriously injured

Forth Crossing Bridge Constructors

Forth Crossing Bridge Constructors (FCBC) has pleaded guilty to breaching health and safety regulations after a worker was seriously injured whilst carrying out a lifting operation

Dunfermline Sheriff Court heard that on 11 April 2015 Forth Crossing Bridge Constructors (FCBC) leased a large area within Rosyth Dockyard where an employee was undertaking a lifting operation to move two large crane mats.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the operation to move the crane mats was a complex and non-routine, which had not been planned by a competent person.

It was not appropriately supervised or carried out in a safe manner. The chains being used were not suitable as their reach distances were too short for the distance between the lifting points on the crane mat.

Speaking after the hearing HSE principal inspector, Robert Hirst said: “This incident could so easily have been avoided by simply implementing appropriate control measures and safe working practices.

“Companies should be aware that HSE will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action against those that fall below the required health and safety standards.”


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