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REVERSING TIPPER TRUCK STRUCK GROUNDWORKER

Prosecution follows failure to segregate workers and moving vehicles

John O’Flynn Developments Limited, a Wiltshire civil engineering contractor, has been fined after a ground worker was seriously injured by a reversing tipper truck as it delivered aggregates to a development in August 2012. He suffered serious leg injuries and was airlifted to hospital.

Cheltenham Magistrates heard (6 September) that his employer failed to put adequate safety measures in place to segregate workers on the ground from moving vehicles.

The injured workman was using a noisy floor saw to cut a channel in a roadway when he was struck. The road should have been closed to site traffic. Alternatively, vehicle movements should have been closely supervised and monitored to ensure there was no risk.

Numerous vehicles passed through occupied area

John O’Flynn Developments Limited, of Bramble Road, Swindon, was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay a further £3,892 in costs after pleading guilty to beaching Section 2(1) of the Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

After the hearing, HSE inspector James Lucas said:

“Despite the known risks of allowing vehicles unrestricted access on construction sites, numerous vehicles had to pass through the area where the injured worker and others were positioned in order to make deliveries.

There were no measures were in place to safely segregate workers from vehicles, and as the worker had his back to the reversing vehicle as he used a noisy floor saw he did not see or hear it approach.

John O’Flynn Developments failed to implement basic safety measures and an employee was seriously injured as a result.”

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