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SKIP LOADING DUMPER PROSECUTION

Contractor prosecuted after skip loading dumper topples

Shorts Group Ltd has been fined £5k and ordered to pay costs of almost £2k after a demolition labourer was injured whilst was operating a skip-loading dumper.

The workman had not been adequately training or instructed before the dumper overturned trapping him beneath the machine and causing serious injuries to his foot.

HSE Inspector, Karen Morris, said: “Skip-loading dumpers in particular are known to be comparatively unstable machines and are known to overturn in certain circumstances, creating a significant risk if they do so. Given this, HSE has produced clear guidance on training and safe operation of site dumpers, and therefore we expect trained and competent operators at all times.”

Comment: Skip loading dumpers should be provided with specific safety instructions for each machine. These instructions may be attached to the machine or contained in a booklet or leaflet. It is vital that this material is obtained and communmicated to the operator before the plant is put to use. 

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