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UNSUITABLE TRAFFIC ROUTES CONVICTION

Site of telehandler fatality lacked suitable traffic routes

 

P. J. Carey (Contractors) Limited has been ordered to pay over £150k in fines and prosecution costs after failing to ensure the suitability of traffic routes used by persons and vehicles on a construction site in 2006.

Pedestrian routes were obstructed and pedestrian crossing points were not signed or otherwise picked out on site to make them obvious to drivers and pedestrians.

The offence took place at a housing development near Aylesbury Buckinghamdshire and the prosecution follows an HSE investigation into a fatal accident on 25 July 2006 when Peter Prunic was run over by a reversing telehandler.

The court was told of the dangerous working environment in which the pedestrian route to the site was obstructed by rubbish skips, packs of bricks and two parked vans. In addition, pedestrian crossing points were not clearly signed or marked.

Responsibility for maintaining an effective traffic management plan, which would have ensured pedestrian areas and vehicle areas were clearly segregated and marked, lay with P J Carey (Contractors) Ltd.

HSE Inspector Trevor Tollervey said: “If pedestrian routes had been kept clear and crossing points had been adequately signed or marked, it is likely that Peter Prunic would not have been struck by the telehandler when it reversed and would still be alive today.”

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