One man is dead and another seriously injured after the boom of a truck mounted lift buckled in Glasgow Scotland.
Details of what happened are sketchy, as it occurred less than two hours ago, but we understand that the two were working from a 43 metre Bizzochi lift on the refurbishment of Buchanan House in the city centre, when it occurred. The lift was on hire from a local company to One Stop Roofing, which was installing safety netting to scaffold.
Gareth Currie, 39, of One Stop Roofing, was pronounced dead at the scene, some reports have claimed that he was thrown from the platform, but none of them have been confirmed. The other man, the machine’s operator, Alex Nisbett, 35, did go down with the platform and was taken to hospital with severe head injuries – possibly caused by falling debris – according to the ambulance service.
The unit had its three section jib extended at the time and the third section of the boom buckled at the exit point from the second section.
Police, fire and ambulance personnel are still working at the scene.
We can now confirm that the aerial lift involveed was one previously owned by ES Access which was liquidated last year. Craig Services & Access acquired the machine and been running it since.
The unit was subjected to a serious overload a couple of years ago and was repaired in the factory just before ES Access went into administration.
The lift was eventually returned to the UK and sold by the administrator through a third party to Craig Services.
The lift then incurred more recent boom damage when the second section buckled. The unit was fully inspected under the manufacturer’s supervision. A repair was, we understand quoted for, but was eventually carried out elsewhere. We have not been able to ascertain who did that repair, or of course if it had any relevance to the current incident.
This is a tragic and almost certainly avoidable incident and warrants a full and in depth investigation that will truly get to the bottom of exactly what happened so that the industry can learn from it- and sooner rather than later.