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    OVERTURNING LORRY CAUSED DEATH OF DRIVER

    Groundworks project stockpiling arrangements not properly managed

    A contractor has been prosecuted after the driver of a tipping lorry died when the vehicle overturned in September 2013.

    Sheffield Crown Court heard how the tipper wagon driver was fatally injured when the vehicle overturned whilst tipping spoil onto a stockpile.

    The contractor was managing works which involved raising the ground levels on site by re-using spoil from other sites rather that sending the spoil to landfill.

    The driver reversed up the stockpile slope and raised his tipper which caused the vehicle to overturn. The driver suffered fatal trauma injuries to his chest.

    Sides of spoil heap left unprotected

    HSE investigators found there was nothing to demarcate the sides or top of the slope e.g. beams or barriers at the edges of the spoil heap, to prevent plant or other vehicles approaching close to high and possibly loose edges.

    The company failed to carry out a suitable and sufficient risk assessment for the safe formation of the stockpile.

    • Sirius Remediation Ltd – of Russel House, Mil Road, Langley Road, Durham pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and was fined £45,000 and ordered to pay costs of £10,000.

    After the hearing, HSE inspector Medani Close said:

    “Stockpiling should only take place under the control of a suitably qualified temporary works manager or co-ordinator as it can be a high risk activity if not properly managed.

    Where stockpiling is unavoidable, tipping should take place on a firm, level surface, preferably at the base.

    Plant such as a crawler dozer, tracked / loading shovel or excavator should be used to create and maintain the stockpile and its edges should be clearly demarcated with barriers.”

     

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