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        Safety officer at Hillsborough disaster

        fined for inadequate turnstile


        The safety officer in charge of Sheffield
        Wednesday Football Club at the time of
        the Hillsborough disaster has been fined
        £6,500 for failing to ensure there were
        adequate turnstile arrangements in                                                                        © PETER POWELL/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock
        operation to control the flow of
        spectators entering the ground.                        Graham Mackrell has been fined £6,500

        Graham Mackrell has become   with two other offences that   spectators could not pass   the crush outside the ground
        the first person to be convicted   carried possible prison   through seven turnstiles in time   did no more than set the
        of an offence relating to the   sentences for alleged breaches   for kick-off.”  scene.”
        disaster on 15 April 1989 during   of the Safety of Sports Grounds    The BBC reported that the    According to The Guardian,
        the FA Cup semi-final between   Act 1975 but both were dropped   judge felt Mackrell’s offence   Mackrell’s barrister, Jason Beer
        Liverpool and Nottingham   before the trial ended.    under the HSW Act had not   QC, claimed in court that the
        Forest at Hillsborough stadium.    The jury at Preston Crown   directly caused the disaster in   safety officer was not even
        Ninety-six Liverpool fans died   Court found the stadium’s   the ground.        responsible for the turnstile
        in the crush in the central pens   safety officer had criminally   “The defendant’s offence   arrangements at the ground. He
        of the Leppings Lane terrace.   breached his duties by making   was at least one of the direct   also argued that supporters
          Mackrell was found guilty on   only seven turnstiles available   causes of the crush at the   could arrive over a three-hour
        3 April after a ten-week trial of   for the 10,100 Liverpool fans   turnstiles outside the ground   period, after turnstiles opened
        failing to discharge a duty   with standing tickets. At   but was not a direct cause of the   at noon, so a crush was not
        under the Health and Safety at   sentencing on 13 May, Judge Sir   crush in the terraces inside the   foreseeable. However, the jury
        Work (HSW) Act.            Peter Openshaw said: “He   ground that resulted in the   did not accept those arguments
          The Crown Prosecution    should have realised there was   deaths of 96 spectators and   and found Mackrell guilty by a
        Service originally charged him   an obvious risk that so many   injury to many more, to which   10-2 majority.

         CITB updating              test whether a candidate “really                          for the construction
                                    knows the procedures for being                            operatives test. He
         its HS&E test              safe on the job”.                                         said: “The new range
                                      Candidates will need these                              of questions covers
                                    scores to pass the test:                                  different areas of
         The Construction Industry   ● ● Operatives: 45 out of 50                             on-site activities,
         Training Board (CITB) is making   ● ● Specialists: 40 out of 50                      which those working
         changes to its health, safety   ● ● MAPS: 46 out of 50.                              in construction
         and environment (HS&E) test                                                          will undoubtedly
         that workers must pass to gain a   Rather than two sections                          encounter.”
         Construction Skills Certification   of questions to answer, the                        Douglas Price, health
         Scheme (CSCS) card.        revised tests will include just                           and safety manager at
            All versions of the test have   one because behavioural case                      Morgan Sindall, who
         been reviewed and updates   studies and accompanying   The CITB is to write to all   also attended the workshop,
         made to meet current legislation,   questions will be axed. However,   CSCS card holders who are   added: “With an ever-changing
         the CITB said.             the test will still examine   renewing their card to let them   industry and multicultural
            The revamped tests for   whether candidates know the   know about the updates. Their   workforce, the panel undertook
         construction operatives,   right behaviours to demonstrate   employers will also be informed,   a full and critical review of what
         specialists, and managers and   in the job since these elements   as will new applicants.   was already in place and what
         professionals (MAPS) will take   will be incorporated into many of   Around half a million people   could best move us forward.
         effect from 26 June. They include   the 50 test questions.  sit the test each year.  Every question and proposal
         new questions that cover a wider   Updated revision material    Simon Kenworthy, owner of   was reviewed and discussed
         variety of topics, as well as drag   is now available online    JAK Building Services, attended   in depth to ensure it met
         and drop questions that will   (     the standard setting workshop   industry’s needs.”

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