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Old Trafford Cricket Ground demolition firm fined after stand collapse

A demolition firm has been ordered to pay out £17,000 after a worker was injured when a two-tonne section of a stand collapsed onto his excavator cab.

Warrington-based Excavation and Contracting was fined £5,000 and ordered to pay £12,000 in prosecution costs after the 33-year-old worker fractured his legs in several places and sustained severe cuts and bruising on 26 April last year.

The Health and Safety Executive investigated the incident at the Talbot Road ground, home to Lancashire County Cricket Club.

The four metre-slab fell from the upper floor of a two-tier stand the stadium had been hired to demolish.

Trafford Magistrates’ Court heard the work had not been planned properly and the excavator had been too close to the stand.

Excavation and Contracting pleaded guilty to breaching health and safety regulations.

HSE inspector Alan Pojur said after the hearing: “The excavator driver was lucky not to have been killed when the two-tonne concrete slab collapsed onto his cab.

“His life was put in danger because Excavation and Contracting (UK) Ltd didn’t plan the work properly.

“They should have arranged for a high-reach excavator to be used so that the stand could be demolished from a safe distance away. It was only after the incident that this safe method of work was implemented.

“Demolition work has the potential to be extremely dangerous so it is vital firms plan projects properly and provide appropriate supervision to make sure workers stay safe.”

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