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Construction firm prosecuted after falling roof sheets narrowly miss karting party

A construction company has been fined after metal sheets crashed through the roof of an indoor karting track, narrowly missing track users.

On the 16th April 2014 KSMT Ltd had been employed to clad the roof of the facility when the metal roof sheets, weighing nearly a tonne each fell through the roof of the facility along with one of the forks from the telehandler that was being used to lift the sheets, down onto a raised section of kart track while ten racers were using it.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive found the lifting operation was poorly planned. As the main contractor for the work, KSMT failed to assess the risks or produce a method statement or lifting plan and were fined £5000 and ordered to pay a further £500 in costs with a £500 victim surcharge after pleading guilty to a breach of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations.

“This case shows the importance of properly planning lifting operations and highlights the duty of the principal contractor on a site to manage their subcontractors, in what was clearly an avoidable incident”