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    SITE DUMPER PRECAUTIONS FAILED TO PREVENT DEATH

    Contractor fined £600k for poor management of vehicle/people interface

    A Surrey-based construction company has today been fined £600,000 after an employee died when he was run over by a dumper truck on the building site know as ‘The Engine Yard’ at Leith Walk, Edinburgh in December 2016.

    Edinburgh Sherriff Court heard how Allenbuild Limited was the CDM 2015 Principal Contractor on the construction site when an agency labourer was run over by the dumper truck driven by an employee of Crummock (Scotland) Limited.

    Deceased walking ahead of dumper

    HSE investigators found that the defendant failed to organise the construction site in such a way to ensure that pedestrians were not carrying out work on or near traffic routes whilst vehicles were in operation.

    It is thought that the deceased was spray painting a ‘piling marker’ in front of a dumper truck when the dumper moved forward drove over him causing fatal injuries.

    • Allenbuild Limited – of Cheapside, London plead guilty to breaching Regulation 27(1) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 and was fined £600,000.

    Speaking after the hearing, inspector Rob Hirst said:

    “This was a tragic and wholly avoidable incident that arose due to the company’s failure to ensure that pedestrians were not carrying out work on or near traffic routes whilst vehicles were in operation.”

     

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