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    MAJOR FIRM FAILED TO IMPLEMENT SAFE SYSTEM

    Procedures for safe plant refuelling failed to prevent death of workman

    A major civil engineering contractor has been fined after an employee was fatally injured when he was struck by a wheeled excavator on 13th January 2016.

    Aberdeen Sheriff Court heard that between 4 January 2016 and 13 January 2016 the CDM Principal Contractor failed to ensure that the safe system of work for refuelling of all plant and equipment was fully implemented at the construction site of the Third Don Crossing in Aberdeen.

    The deceased was working at the construction site when he was struck by a wheeled excavator which was slewing after being refuelled.

    Safe system of work identified but not used

    HSE investigators found that refuelling of plant and equipment was identified and assessed as a high risk activity by the Principal Contractor who created a task briefing document detailing a safe system of work.

    However, whilst the procedures existed in documentary format the safe system of work and associated control measures had not been fully implemented at the construction site.

    • Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering Limited – of Churchill Place, Canary Wharf, London has today pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 13(1) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 and has been fined £600,000.

    Speaking after the hearing HSE principal inspector, Niall Miller said:

    “This was a tragic and wholly avoidable incident, caused by the failure of the civil engineering company to implement safe systems of work, and to ensure that health and safety documentation was communicated and control measures followed”

     

     

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