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Health and Safety News - 3 March 2010

Young builder killed in fall from scaffolding

Justin Gillman, aged 26, is believed to have been pushing a wheel barrow full of bricks on scaffolding on a Chestnut Homes development in Skegness, Linconshire when he fell on Friday 26 February 2010.

The fall of six to eight feet, and the bricks which fell on top of him lead to the builder's death.  

Scissor lift failure in motor vehicle repair facility

This alert concerns short-bed scissor lifts manufactured by Texo, which may also be badged as Hofmann. It is issued following the catastrophic failure of a 10 year old machine used in a motor vehicle repair (MVR) facility.

Although no one was injured, a failure of this type with an operator working below or nearby is potentially fatal. The failed lift was labelled as Hofmann Genius PSC3 with a safe working load of 3 tonnes and is shown in photographs 1 and 2.

A similar model is shown extended in photograph 3.  It had been maintained and subject to thorough examination and testing. Examination of four identical lifts at the premises revealed similar cracks at the same position such as that shown in photograph 4

Since the incident HSE has received a report from another premises of similar cracks on a Hofmann PSC3 scissor lift.

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