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3rd September 2020



A member of Ainscough Crane Hire’s team in the North West has received plaudits for his vigilance during a recent lift at a site in Macclesfield.

Crane operator Paul Furey was part of the team working with contractors Wilson James to lift into place a piece of machinery into place on behalf of a client.

After completing the required Risk Assessments Method Statements and Safe Systems of Works, Paul stopped work on multiple occasions in order to double-check aspects of the lift such as the angles of lifting ropes and de-rating factors as he suspected there were minor variations that needed examining.

Once Paul was satisfied all safety requirements were met, he delivered the lift with a 55t crane. At the completion of the work, Paul was presented with a safety award from Wilson James in honour of his commitment to guaranteeing the safety of the operation. He has also been officially recognised by his Ainscough colleagues for his vigilance.

Paul’s awareness of the importance of safety procedures was recently boosted when he became one of the first people to complete Ainscough’s new online Appointed Person course.

Ondrej Stepan, logistics manager at Wilson James Limited said: ”It was great to see someone questioning things in the manner Paul did, and sticking to his guns till he was satisfied with the answers and proof – he’s a credit to Ainscough, and it was only right he should be awarded for his proactive and positive attitude towards health and safety.”

Gary Rathburn, manager of Ainscough Crane Hire’s Manchester depot, said: “At Ainscough, we instil into each member of our team that safety is the number one priority on every aspect of work and that you should never think twice about raising a concern and making the safe choice. Paul’s actions on this job reflect very highly on him and we’re proud that’s he’s part of the team.”

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