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    CONCRETE EJECTED BY PUMPING UNIT CLAIMED LIFE

    Company and director failed to train and supervise pumping operations

    A concrete pumping company and its sole Director have been prosecuted after an employee was struck by concrete which caused fatal injuries in February 2017.

    Westminster Magistrates heard how the deceased, Kevin Hoare aged 26, was clearing a blockage in a vehicle mounted concrete pumping unit in Wimbledon, South London. Mr Hoare had joined the company 2 months before he died.

    HSE investigators found that the company had no system in place to train operators so they might carry out the work safely and there were no arrangements to supervise the work.

    The company failed to ensure the safety, so far as is reasonably practicable, of its employees and of others who may be affected by their work due to the lack of adequate training and supervision.

    Directors required to ensure compliance

    The failings of the company were due to the neglect of the sole Director.

    • Anytime McDaids Limited – of Greenford, Middlesex, pleaded guilty to breaching Sections 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health & Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 The company has been fined £30,000 and ordered to pay costs of £12,102.81.
    • Laurence McDaid – of Burnfoot, County Donegal, Republic of Ireland, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 37(1) of the Health & Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. He has been fined £2,600 and ordered to pay costs of £636.99.

    Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector James Goldfinch said:

    “Concrete pumps have great potential to be dangerous when operated by those without suitable training, as they operate under high pressures.

    All employers should ensure that equipment which can kill or cause harm to employees and nearby members of the public are operated by suitably trained and supervised workers. Company directors like Mr McDaid have a responsibility to ensure their company works in compliance with health and safety legislation, part of which is to ensure their employees are provided with adequate training and supervision.

    In this case a young worker, having only been employed by the company for two months, was not provided with adequate training and supervision, which led to the unsafe operation of the pump and ultimately his tragic death”.

     

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