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Company fined £100,000 after Croydon crane accident leaves driver crippled

Posted by nahetsblog on September 24, 2009

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One of the country’s largest plant hire companies have been fined £100,000 after admitting flouting health and safety rules which left a crane driver with crippling injuries. At NAHETS Safety is our primary concern.

John Young suffered severe spinal injuries after the cab of the crane fell through the air and crashed onto the roof of the Croydon Park Hotel on June 2, 2007.

He has been left unable to return to work more than two years after the tragedy.

Passers-by reported watching the crane’s arm topple backwards 200 feet in the air and break free from its base before crashing onto the roof of the neighbouring hotel.

Firefighters who helped rescue the injured driver from the wreckage described it as “one of the biggest disasters in Croydon since the Second World War.”

The crane was building the Altitude 25 apartment block for Howard Holdings when the accident happened at around 2.20pm.

Three other workers were left stranded on the top of the crane’s base for five hours as firefighters from Croydon fire station launched a massive rescue operation.

Select Plant Hire Company Ltd, based in Dartford, Kent, admitted breaching regulation 9(2) (b) and 8(1) of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998; regulation 9(2) of the Provision and use of work Equipment Regulations 1998 and; section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

As well as the fine, the company was ordered £15 victim surcharge and the costs were £33,196.

Judge Anthony Morris said: “The defendant company created a very significant risk of an accident occurring. In addition when part of a crane falls to the ground, the possibility of death or serious injury is extremely high.”

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ANSI Welcomes NAHETS

Posted by nahets on July 24, 2008

NAHETS membership in ANSI (American National Standards Institute) is the next step in strengthening it’s position as a leader in heavy equipment operator training, assessment and certification. Participation in ANSI activities will provide international as well as national recognition of NAHETS standards.

ANSI Welcomes New Members

New York June 30, 2008


The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) proudly welcomed the following new members in June of 2008:

These organizations joined a federation that represents more than 125,000 companies and well over 3.5 million professionals. Under the Institute’s umbrella, this diverse constituency works together to strengthen the competitiveness of businesses operating in the global marketplace and to improve the quality of life for all citizens by developing, implementing, and promulgating voluntary consensus standards and related conformance assessment systems.

“Active participation in ANSI and its programs can serve as both a strategic and tangible asset for an organization,” said Brian Meincke, the Institute’s director of membership development. “Not only will they gain access to information and business intelligence that is not available elsewhere, but they will also receive discounts on many products and services. Equally important, they can build relationships that empower them with a voice and influence over the standardization and conformity assessment decisions that directly affect their business.

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Associated Builders & Contractors Annual Construction Education Conference

Posted by mikemartens on May 22, 2008

The Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc. (ABC) held their annual Construction Education Conference this last May 7th through May 9th in Las Vegas, NV.

For the second year NAHETS was represented at this event, which concentrated on specific training and education topics for construction owners, managers, and professionals. Additionally the nation-wide network of ABC chapters engaged in workshops and discussions focusing on the need to better educate America’s construction workforce.

As an element of this discussion NAHETS Mike Martens was able to present to the conference attendees the benefits of hiring the graduates from the five NAHETS schools located in California, Nevada, Oklahoma, and Georgia. The conference participants were pleased to discover that NAHETS graduates are not only trained in the actual equipment operations but are also required to adhere to strict safety requirements and recognize the importance of teamwork and work ethics.

NAHETS has also been asked to consider joining the official ABC training team, specifically to assist with providing training material to the local ABC chapters. NAHETS Executive Director Matt Klabacka has given his approval to continue this discussion hoping to come to a formal agreement with ABC later this year.

The 2009 ABC Construction Education Conference will be held next February 25 – March 1 and NAHETS will be there.

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