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    DUMPER FELL OVER EXCAVATION EDGE

    Failure to install stop blocks to prevent vehicles falling

    Turner Construction (Midlands) Ltd has been sentenced after a worker was injured when a 10 tonne dumper truck he was driving over turned and landed in an open excavation.

    Peterborough Magistrates’ Court heard that the company failed to take action regarding:

    • Physical Precautions – stop blocks or other measures were not in place;
    • Management – the work was not planned and a safe system of work implemented; and
    • Training – dumper truck driver was not properly trained

    The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuting said the incident could have easily been avoided by putting simple safety measures in place.

    Planning provides safety from start

    Turner Construction (Midlands) Ltd of Commerce Drive, Penkridge, Stafford admitted a breach of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007, Regulation 13(2) and Regulation 9 (1) of Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and was fined £7,000 for each charge (£14,000 total) and ordered to pay full prosecution costs of £1607.

    The driver of the truck sustained crush injuries to his wrist.

    After the hearing, Samantha Wells the HSE Inspector who investigated and prosecuted this case, said:

    “Accidents can be prevented by ensuring construction work is planned, managed and monitored in a way that ensures it is carried out safely from the start, including for example the use of stop blocks at the edge of excavations”.

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