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    UNTRAINED DUMPER DRIVER SURVIVES OVERTURN

    Inadequate barriers plus lack of operator and manager training

    A contractor has been sentenced after an untrained dumper driver was injured when the six-tonne dumper he operated fell on top of him in June 2017.

    Brighton Magistrates heard how Daniel Robbins was operating the dumper tipping material from an excavation alongside a barn at the top of an embankment.

    The dumper became stuck on a corner and when the dumper was reversed it fell over the edge of the embankment. He jumped from the dumper which landed on top of him at the bottom of the embankment, trapping him and causing fractures to his right thigh, hip socket and vertebrae.

    Safe system and training essential

    HSE investigators found the company had failed to provide the operator with appropriate training for operating a dumper.

    In addition, the site manager was not suitably trained for managing a site and to ensuring that those operating under him were doing so safely.

    No measures were been in place to prevent dumpers from approaching or overrunning the edge of the embankment.

    • Chalmers and Co (Sussex) Limited – of Prospect Farm, Brickhurst Lane, Laughton, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and was fined £26,667 with costs of £3,659.

    Speaking after the hearing, inspector Stephen Green said:

    “Those in control of work have a responsibility to devise safe methods of working and to provide the necessary information, instruction and training to their workers in the safe system of working.”

     

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