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Dumper death leads to £225,000 fine

22 November 2019 | By Neil Gerrard

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A construction company has been fined £225,000 after a groundworker was killed when his dumper truck overturned.

Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court heard that on 3 October 2016, David Scott Green, a groundworker working for Rose Builders, was manoeuvring a 9t front tipping dumper truck on a spoil heap to offload top soil at the Summers Park Development site in Colchester, Essex.

He lost control of the truck which toppled forward and came to rest upside down at the base of the spoil heap. A colleague noticed the overturned truck and ran over to assist, but Green had sustained a serious head injury during the fall and died on scene.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found major deficiencies in the management of tipping operations on the spoil heaps. The investigation found that the operation was not properly planned; drivers were not given instruction or training on how to safely operate vehicles and tip on spoil heaps, and the job itself was poorly supervised. The victim did not have his seat belt fastened and the investigation confirmed that this was common practice on the site.

Rose Builders of Riverside House, East Lawford, Essex pleaded guilty to breaching Sections 2 (1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. The company has been fined £225,000 and ordered to pay costs of £11,822.90.

HSE inspector Kasia Urbaniak said, “This was a tragic and wholly avoidable incident, caused by the failure of the employer to assess the risk related to tipping operations, implement safe systems of work, and failure to ensure that such systems were communicated to groundworkers and were followed.”

Comments

Again we are reading the loss of another construction worker.2020 is only 4 weeks away,again POOR SITE MANAGEMENT where is the PRISON SENTENCE????
Good site management will not allow dumpers to travel up spoil heaps,tip all muck at the base then the 360 machine pulls the muck in to a proper tidy heap.
Denis Lawler
26th Nov.2019

Denis Lawler, 26 November 2019

How on earth is a death worth less in a compensation payout of £225,000, whereas a redundancy payout in the NHS has been £400,000? Something in our judicial system & morality not quite right here!

Richard Moore. MCIOB, 26 November 2019

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