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    LIFTING OPERATION WITH EXCAVATOR CAUSED DEATH

    Groundworker fatally injured when struck by concrete drainage cover

    Hague Construction Limited has been sentenced following the death of Daniel Clifford Yeowell.

    Lewes Crown Court heard Mr Yeowell was employed by Hague as a ground worker and on 4 October 2013 he and his colleagues were constructing and installing drainage boxes at a site at Langley Green Primary School, Crawley, West Sussex.

    Mr Yeowell was struck by a concrete drainage cover as he was standing in the excavation area and later died as a result of his severe head injuries.

    An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the company failed to properly plan the lifting operation and failed to supply workers with the safe and appropriate equipment to carry the work.

    It was also found the lifting chains used were too long for the work and were not attached safely to the cover or the excavator.

    Lack of proper planning for lifting operation

    Hague Construction Limited of Sir Thomas Longley Road, Rochester, Kent has pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Etc Act 1974 and has been fined £100,000 and ordered to pay costs of £16,918.

    Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Andrew Cousins said:

    “Our investigation was prompted in the most tragic of circumstances. Hague Construction should have properly planned the lifting operation regarding this work activity.

    If the company had done so Mr Yeowell’s death could have been avoided.”

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