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    CHILD FATALLY INJURED BY UNSECURED POLE

    Pole stored on embankment moved and trapped boy against fencing

    A provider of engineering and technology-driven solutions for the built environment has been fined after a child was fatally injured when trapped between an unsecured pole and a fence in October 2017  in Kelloholm, Scotland.

    Dumfries Sheriff Court heard that an employee of the defendant delivered an overhead power pole to a roadside verge. The pole was left unsecured at the top of an embankment and subsequently rolled down, trapping the 12-year-old between the pole and a fence thereby causing fatal injuries to the child.

    HSE identified two distinct failings

    The investigation by HSE found failure to provide a safe system of work for the delivery and storage of poles to ensure that the poles were delivered to the correct location and properly secured to prevent rolling.

    Secondly, there was a failure to provide suitable training, information and instruction to ensure that employees engaged in the task of delivering poles properly secured them so that they could not roll.

    • SPIE Limited – of Gracechurch Street, London pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at work etc Act 1974 and was fined £160,000.

    Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Martin McMahon said:

    “This terrible and tragic incident led to the avoidable death of a child.

    This death could easily have been prevented if the risks involved had been properly managed, through the provision of safe systems of work and suitable training of employees. Sadly however, that was not the case.

    Companies should be aware that HSE will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action against those that fall below the required standard”

     

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