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INADEQUATE SITE TRAFFIC ROUTES LED TO DUMPER ACCIDENT

Contractor fined after pedestrian run over by dumper during site road build

Maypine Construction Ltd from Northamptonshire has been fined after a six-tonne dumper truck ran over the foot of a ground worker during construction of a roadway on a construction site in Lincoln on 11 March 2011.

Lincoln Magistrates Court heard that two workmen were depositing stone on the roadway in preparation for surfacing. The stone was loaded on the dumper and driven to the area being filled and compacted by the injured man operating a compacting machine.

He saw the truck approaching the work area and began to move his compacting machine away. However, the dumper driver was concentrating on avoiding other obstacles and collided with workman causing four fractured bones in his right foot.

Vehicles at work must be carefully managed to avoid injuries

Maypine Construction Ltd of Raunds, Northamptonshire, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 22(1)(a) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007, and Regulation 3(1)(b) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999. The company was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay £5,749 costs.

HSE investigators found a lack of suitable traffic route around the site; failure to manage and monitor construction activity and failure to carry out a suitable risk assessment.

After the hearing HSE inspector Martin Waring said:

“By law, employers and duty holders must know what hazards and risks are in their workplaces and take steps to eliminate or reduce these risks.

Many construction transport incidents are usually the result of inadequate separation of pedestrians and vehicles, and by inadequate control of vehicle movements on site.

Vehicles at work continue to be a major cause of fatal and major injuries and as such need to be carefully managed to avoid injuries such as this.”

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