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DRIVER INJURED BY OWN DUMPER

Investigators explore how dumper driver run over by his vehicle

A young construction worker has been run over by the dumper he was driving on a gas pipe replacement project site in Aberdeen. The incident occurred when the man was working on a Turriff Construction project.

For resons unknown the man fell from the operating seat of his vehicle and under the wheels of the vehicle which was still moving forward. 

Police sources say his injuries are less serious than first thought although the driver was treated in hospital. He has now been discharged. HSE are investigating the accident.

Comment: Use of the compact dumper seems to be on the decline in recent years and this is reflected in a decline in deaths involving dumpers each year. Nevetheless dumpers account for around 17% of all construction mobile plant fatalities. We are aware of 6 such deaths in the last 5 years. These incidents all involved dumpers overturning. Precautions required include: properly maintained plant, trained operator, roll-over protection and provision / use of seat belts.

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