Poole crane operator fined after worker crushed

A crane operator has been fined £4,000 after dragging a mobile office across the body of a construction worker, fracturing his pelvis and ribcage.

Mark Fowell, 50, was lifting the cabin on to a lorry at the site on Blandford Road, Hamworthy, Poole, in May 2011, when Adrian Hoyland, 54, was crushed.

He pleaded guilty before Bournemouth magistrates to breaching lifting regulations under health and safety legislation.

He must also pay £6,000 in costs.

Mr Hoyland had climbed under the portable cabin at the building site to recover some materials when one end was unexpectedly lifted clear from the ground.

He could not work for three months because of his injuries.

The Health and Safety Executive later found the crane unit had not been sited close enough to the cabin for Fowell, of Hythe Road, Oakdale, Poole, to perform a "clean" lift onto the awaiting vehicle.

Insp Martin Lee said the incident was "completely avoidable" and was a "direct result of a lack of any planning for a simple lifting operation".

He added: "Mr Hoyland suffered significant injuries and the situation would have been far worse had it not been witnessed and the alarm immediately raised."

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