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    PEDESTRIAN CRUSHED BETEEN SKIP LOADER AND SKIP

    Insufficient procedures to keep workers safe from site vehicles

    Kier MG Ltd has been fined £160,000 for safety failings after an 29 year-old employee suffered multiple injuries when he was caught between a skip loader truck and the skip he was preparing for pick-up at a waste recycling centre in Canvey Island on 26 January 2013.

    The skip loader was manoeuvring into position for the pick-up when it struck the worker as it was being driven through a narrow route between the full skip and a fence.

    He suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken to the Royal London hospital where he suffered two collapsed lungs and was placed  in an induced coma for three days. He has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and is unable to return to work.

    HSE investigators told Chelmsford Crown Court (8 January 2015) that the company lacked sufficient procedures to keep workers safely away from vehicles moving around the site.

    The court heard the company, which acquired May Gurney in July 2013, put in place strict measures to segregate visitors from moving vehicles but had not extended them to ensure the safety workers.

    Serious risks to pedestrians near operating work vehicles

    Kier MG Ltd, of Sandy, Bedfordshire, was fined a total of £160,000 and ordered to pay costs of £9,809 after pleading guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. 1974 Act and a breach of Regulation 17(1) of the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992.

    After the case, HSE Inspector Edward Crick, said:

    “This was an entirely preventable incident caused by Kier MG Ltd’s failure to recognise the hazards to workers arising from skip loading operations at their Canvey Island recycling centre, despite tackling the hazards to members of the public.

    The consequences of this were devastating for a young man, who will now have to cope with life-changing injuries for the rest of his life.

    The risks to pedestrians when they are near operating work vehicles are very serious, but also well-known within industry. There is no excuse, therefore, for companies to disregard vital elements of workplace safety.”

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