CGA Technology would like to extend our deepest condolences to the Hampton’s family for their loss.
Unfortunately, workplace accidents are somewhat inevitable but proactively promoting health and safety in your organization can increase your chances of preventing the likelihood of accidents.
Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 16 March 2017, 54-year-old Stephen Hampton, working at a site on Swains Lane in Camden was killed when an old fuel storage tank he was cutting up exploded and the end of the vessel struck him causing fatal injuries.
Not taking adequate actions to protect the health and safety of the people working on the side can lead to irrevocable consequences. It is important to take preventive actions to mitigate risks and fatal accidents.
An HSE investigation found both contractors failed in their duties to effectively plan, manage and monitor control measures to address the risks associated with the demolition of a site that contained fuel tanks.
Mr Hampton had recently adopted two young boys and this incident leaves them, along with his wife, alone and struggling financially. The ruling found that this may have been preventable with a bit more health and safety focus and effort on both the defendant’s parts and fined them £66,000.
It is vital for companies to plan and control the risks of this highly dangerous workplace, never let to the workers to devise their own methods of working. Thus, being agents of change impacting directly on the continued well being of your workforce and for the future of your company.
Construction Enquirer News. (n.d.). Demolition worker killed by exploding fuel tank. [online] Available at: https://www.constructionenquirer.com/2020/02/11/demolition-worker-killed-by-exploding-fuel-tank/ [Accessed 12 Feb. 2020].