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    WORKMAN DODGES DEATH BY TELEHANDLER

    Major homes developer and groundwork contractor prosecuted

    Bellway Homes Ltd and A D Bly Construction Ltd have been prosecuted after a workman narrowly avoided death when a reversing telehandler drove over him in July 2015.

    Basildon Magistrates heard how the groundworker was run over by a telehandler whilst undertaking work in the middle of the construction site road. The workman was fortunate that he passed under the body of the reversing telehandler and not beneath the telehandler wheels which “would have likely resulted in his death”.

    The resulting injuries include chipped vertebra, muscular and tendon damage and the worker has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

    Failure to manage moving vehicle hazards

    HSE investigators found both the Principal Contractor and Contractor failed in their duties to effectively plan, manage and monitor control measures to address the risks associated with construction site vehicles.

    The investigation also found they failed to manage and control the risk of persons being struck by a vehicle on their construction site.

    • A D Bly Construction Ltd – of Nup End Business Centre, Old Knebworth pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 15(2) of Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 and has been fined £26,000 and ordered to pay costs of £5,271.38.
    • Bellway Homes Ltd – of Seaton Burn House, Dudley Lane pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 13(1) of Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 and has been fined £31,500 and ordered to pay costs of £48,600.

    Speaking after the case, HSE Inspector Ian Shearring said:

    “The risks associated with construction vehicles is well-known and both companies failed in their duties to address these. Both Bellway Homes as the principal contractor, and A D Bly as subcontractor, have today been held to account for failing to take adequate action to protect the health and safety of persons working on their site.”

     

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