Crane malfunction ‘could have been fatal’

A crane manufacturer has been fined following an incident that could have caused a serious work injury on a Sheffield-based paper manufacturer’s site.

Rossendale Group Limited has been fined GBP 10,000 after an electric overhead moving crane dropped its load when an anchorage point failed at Georgia Pacific GB Limited.

The falling load, weighing 1.8 tonnes, fell 1.2 metres and narrowly missed the crane’s operator.

Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector Alison Crank said that it was "extremely fortunate" that nobody was killed or injured in the incident and Rossendale Group should have ensured the crane was safe.

"Companies that supply lifting equipment must be aware that they will be held to account if the equipment is not well designed or manufactured," she warned.

The incident follows news that a Surrey woodworking company has been given a conditional discharge by the HSE after a worker was hurt by falling boards of MDF.ADNFCR-2070-ID-19605944-ADNFCR

Crane malfunction ‘could have been fatal’

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