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REVERSING TELEHANDLER CAUSED SITE DEATH

Principal Contractor and contractor held jointly responsible

A construction company and its groundwork contractor have been fined after a worker died when he was struck by a reversing vehicle in June 2013.

Exeter Crown Court heard how an employee of Steve Hoskin Construction Limited (SHCL) was working for the groundwork contractor at a construction site in Dawlish, Devon when he was crushed by a reversing telescopic material handler (telehandler).

John Small, 47-years old, was crushed by telehandler when it reversed while he was walking alongside the vehicle. Mr Small was pronounced dead after suffering multiple injuries.

Walkways and barriers required

HSE investigators found that project Principal Contractor Cavanna Homes (SW) Ltd failed to ensure this area of the construction site was organised to enable pedestrians and vehicles to move safely.

SHCL had not fully considered the risks to their employees at this part of the site.

  • Cavanna Homes (SW) Limited – of Torquay, Devon, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 36(1) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 which requires that the construction site be organised in such a way that pedestrians and vehicles can move safely. The company was fined £20,000 and ordered to pay costs of £20,000.
  • Steve Hoskin Construction Limited – of Liskeard, Cornwll pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act, was fined £20,000 and ordered to pay costs of £20,000.

Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Caroline Penwill said:

“There were no control measures in place to segregate vehicles and pedestrians in the area where the incident happened.

Separating pedestrians and vehicles by introducing measures such as walkways with barriers, could have prevented John Small’s death”

 

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