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OVERTURNING LORRY CLAIMED LIFE OF MINI DIGGER OPERATOR

Principal contractor and contractor prosecuted over unsafe materials handling 

J&H Construction Ltd and J H Hallam (Contracts) Ltd have been ordered to pay £170,000 in fines and prosecution costs after a workman died when a tipper lorry overturned onto the mini digger he was operating on a construction project  in October 2006. Richard Kenny, aged 48, died instantly when he was crushed as the lorry overturned on uneven ground during delivery od 20 tonnes of aggregate. 

Leicester Crown Court heard that the workplace transport risk assessment failed to properly consider tipping operations and the specific risks of vehicles overturning. The tipping area was not sufficiently level and had been poorly prepared.

Deliveries of bulk materials were made to the site without adequate supervision e.g banksman or an exclusion zone during tipping and pedestrians were not kept away from vehicles during tipping.

Arrangements for deliveries should be reviewed

J H Hallam (Contracts) Ltd, of Leicester Road, Oadby, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. J & H Construction, of De La Bere Crescent, Burbage, Hinckley, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the same Act.

J H Hallam (Contracts) Ltd was fined £80,000 and ordered to pay £20,000 costs. J & H Construction Ltd was fined £50,000 and ordered to pay £20,000 costs.

HSE inspector Frances Bailey said:

Workplace transport should be managed on any site. This death could have been prevented if deliveries had been properly planned. It is well known that tipper lorries can overturn, especially on sloping or uneven ground and it is vital that people are kept a safe distance.

The contractors failed to recognise the potential risk and regularly allowed lorries to tip without the aid of a banksman close to the site compound and visitor car park. 

This has been a long and complex investigation, however the result will hopefully serve as a warning to others to review their arrangements for deliveries and avoid similar tragic incidents in future.”

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