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    ROAD WORKER RUN OVER BY ROAD ROLLER

    Reversing alarm not working and warning light not fitted

    A road resurfacing company has been prosecuted after an employee was run over by a road roller in November 2015.

    The incident happened at Knockbreck Road, Straiton in South Ayrshire during road re-surfacing work.

    Ayr Sherriff Court heard that the vehicle driver reversed the road roller and the vehicle ran over the leg of fellow employee, Thomas Shaw.

    Proactive maintenance and pre-use inspection required

    HSE investigators found that the vehicle was operating without a flashing beacon and the reversing alarm was not working.

    • Newlay Civil Engineering Ltd – pled guilty to breaching Regulation 5(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and was fined £15,400.

    Speaking after the hearing HSE principal inspector, Graeme McMinn said:

    “This case highlights the importance of regular pro-active maintenance and pre-use inspection of work equipment, including flashing beacons and reversing alarms.

    In this case, Newlay Civil Engineering Ltd failed to effectively maintain their road roller and it could easily have resulted in a fatality.”

     

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