Construction companies have been warned of the financial penalties and injury compensation claims that can result from neglecting workplace safety after the tragic deaths of two workmen in Worthing.
Steve Boatmen and Gary Miles had been working on the jib of a crane at a construction site in the seaside town when a third man was instructed to begin de-torquing the crane’s mast bolts.
He had not received the proper training to carry out this task and his efforts caused the crane to collapse as it was turned, causing fatal injuries to the two men at work on it.
Speaking of the incident, Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector Peter Collingwood said the accident could have been avoided with better supervision.
"To avoid future tragedies like this, employers and contractors must ensure that tower crane work including erection and dismantling is only undertaken by trained, experienced and competent people," he added.
The news follows a recent warning to construction firms by the HSE after a worker in Birkenhead was left paralysed after falling through roof joists.