Accident at energy plant

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A construction company and a contractor working on Sleaford’s Renewable Energy Plant have admitted breaches of health and safety rules after a piece of heavy machinery fall on a worker.

Michael Doyle was seriously injured in the incident on February 14, 2013, while working for Derby-based Shaw Group to install a conveyor at the Boston Road plant.

The case at Lincoln Magistrates’ Court - heard on February 9 - has been adjourned until sentencing on March 12 at the same court.

The builders of the plant, Burmeister and Wain Scandinavian Contractor, of Denmark, has admitted a charge of failing to protect people not in its employment, while Burmeister and Wain Energy, of Denmark, admitted a charge of failing to plan, manage and monitor work to install the conveyor at the plant.

Contractor Shaw Group UK also admitted the same charge as Burmeister and Wain Energy, and two other charges - failing to make a suitable risk assessment for the safety of its employees working to install the conveyor sections and for failing to ensure lifting operations were carried out safely.

Mike Harrison of Sleaford REP expressed their regret and concern for Mr Doyle and the injuries he sustained: “Working practices were improved and this was the only significant incident during this phase of the plant’s development.

“We wish to provide reassurance at this time of our stringent commitment to the safety and health of all employees, suppliers and the local population.”