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    TIPPER TRUCK STRUCK PEDESTRIAN ON SITE ROAD

    Contractor fined £500,000 over poor traffic management arrangements

    Principal contractor MV Kelly Ltd has been fined £500,000 after a worker was struck by a tipper truck in October 2015.

    North Staffordshire Justice Centre heard how the ground worker was working on the development site where over 370 homes were being constructed  at Burntwood Business Park.

    Tipper trucks were delivering material to the site and various ground workers were directing the drivers to different areas. The injured workman was walking along a site haul road and trying to attract the attention of a vehicle in another area of the site when he was struck and run over by a tipper truck.

    He suffered several fractured bones in both legs and feet and severe damage to the blood vessels in his legs. His injuries resulted in him having his right leg amputated to the knee over 12 months after the incident.

    Insufficient protected walkways

    HSE investigators found insufficient protected walkways across the site and a lack of adequate control over access to the site.

    The investigation also revealed the accepted practice of walking on haul roads and the absence of an up to date traffic management plan.

    • MV Kelly Ltd – of Tyseley, Birmingham pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 27(1) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015. The company was fined £500,000 and ordered to pay costs of £30,000 with a victim surcharge of £120.

    Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Katherine Blunt said:

    “Incidents like this should never be allowed to take place. Construction sites should be organised in a way which prevents pedestrians and vehicles coming into contact with each other.

    This incident resulted in a worker sustaining life-changing injuries and should serve as a reminder to principal contractors of the need to properly organise construction sites to keep workers and members of the public safe.”

     

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