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INCIDENT: ROAD PROJECT WORKER CRUSHED BY PIPE

Falling concrete pipe leaves workman with serious injury

It has been reported by the Aberdeen Press and Journal (APJ) that a workman has suffered serious injury after he was “crushed by a half-tonne pipe”.

The incident occurred on the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route by-pass whilst he was working beneath a concrete water pipe when it fell on him at about 10.50am on Monday 6th March 2017.

The site was attended by paramedics and firefighters who worked to make the scene safe. The workman was taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and is said to have “serious injuries”.

The APJ state that the injured man is understood to work for civil engineers WM Donald Ltd contracted to Scottish Water to carry out the works. A Scottish Water spokesman said:

“A full investigation into the cause of the accident has been launched.  Scottish Water takes Health and Safety very seriously and it is a top priority on all of our sites and we will work with our contractor and HSE to find out the cause of this accident. Our main concern at the moment is the wellbeing of the injured man.”

The Health and Safety Executive also confirmed it was investigating. The Regional Officer of trades union Unite, John Clark, said:

“Our first thoughts are with the worker who has been injured and with his friends and family. No worker should be put in a position where they don’t return safely home from their shift.

We need proper dialogue between the contractors and their workers and union reps, and when things go wrong we need openness and transparency so that we can put them right as soon as possible.

Safety should be a top priority on every construction project – and especially on a flagship public project like this one. Our officers and workplace reps will continue to monitor working conditions on the project, and will be making sure that workers’ voices are heard in any investigation.”

 

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