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Recent HSE News & Prosecutions: Multiple Companies Fined Following Worker Fatality

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Two companies received fines following a lifting operation that resulted in the death of an employee. After Larkin Eng Services Limited contracted Cumbria Design Scaffold Limited to collect two metal walkways and deliver them using a flatbed lorry and a mounted crane, the employee was asked to assist in the delivery operation. However, the walkways were not securely fastened to the back of the lorry. One of the walkways fell on the employee, causing fatal injuries. 

An investigation revealed that the lifting operation was not properly planned, organised or supervised. The two companies received the following fines:

  • Larkin Eng Services Limited was ordered to pay fines of £20,000 and costs of £27,211.09.
  • Cumbria Design Scaffold Limited was ordered to pay fines of £60,000 and costs of £27,464.28.


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