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    HUGE FINE IMPOSED ON MAJOR HOMES DEVELOPER

    Site foreman seriously injured when struck by bulk mortar carrier

    Leading homes developer, Crest Nicholson Operations Ltd, has been fined £800,000 after a site foreman was as run over by a large bulk powder carrier on a large housing development in Surrey in 2014.

    Site foreman, David Cole, was walking along the site road toward the rear of the bulk powder (mortar) carrier. The vehicle was located on a T junction having just reversed into the junction.

    Mr Cole walked along the nearside of the vehicle as it pulled forward and turned towards the nearside. He was hit and pulled under the vehicle.

    The injuries he suffer were serious and life threatening. His skin was removed and split on his left arm and leg, he fractured his left hip requiring a pin to be inserted, and fingers on his left hand were broken. His left leg has been left permanently shorter than his right by 20mm.

    Failed to manage and monitor workplace transport

    Reading Crown Court heard the site, run by the Principal Contractor, Crest Nicholson Operations Ltd, had failed to plan and manage the workplace transport effectively. HSE told the court the the company failed to control:

    • Pedestrians – monitoring and taking action to ensure pedestrian stayed behind the barriers and did not walk on the road; and
    • Reversing – preventing large HGVs  reversing 100s of metres at a time.

    Crest Nicholson Operations Ltd., of Crest House, Pyrcroft Road, Chertsey, Surrey, pleaded guilty to breaches of Regulation 36 (1) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 and was fined £800,000 plus £10,984 costs.

    HSE’s inspector John Berezansky said.

    “David Cole suffered life changing injuries because Crest Nicolson Operations Limited did not properly manage and monitor the workplace transport on their construction site.

    When working with such large delivery vehicles and construction plant, especially on projects where there are lots of pedestrians,  the principal contractor much take responsibility and ensure the health and safety of all those involved.”

     

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