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Court Summary - at a glance
- Ensure that the means for attaching lifting tackle to prefabricated walls is fit for purpose;
- Ensure that the method of fixing lifting tackle used by a mobile gantry crane is adequately rated for the load placed on it.
The Defendant owns a mobile gantry crane which is used to lift prefabricated wall frames.
On the day of the incident, a completed wall was being moved by the victim and another employee using the crane. As the wall was not evenly balanced, a screw which secured a chain to the wall snapped causing a sudden release of tension.
The wall struck the victim on the face. He suffered a forehead laceration and eye damage.