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Firm fined for safety failings after worker fell from dumper truck

Date:
20 January 2016

A civil engineering company was fined after a worker fell from his dumper truck suffering a fracture to his spine.

Peterborough Magistrates’ Court heard how a 50-year-old worker was operating a dumper truck during road improvements of the A14 road under Girton Bridge, near Cambridge. A drainage ditch was being excavated between the concrete pier of the bridge and the A14 road. The excavation was approximately fourteen metres long and two metres deep and the worker was using the dumper truck to remove soil. The worker fell into the excavation as he was attempting to remount the vehicle

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive into the incident which occurred on 18 December 2014 found that the gap between the excavation and the safety barrier on the road was too narrow to safely manoeuvre through and for the driver to safely dismount and mount. There was inadequate planning and monitoring of the work.

C R Civil Engineering Limited of North Road, Loughborough, Leicestershire, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulations 13(2) and 31(2) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 and were fined £20,000 for each offence with costs of £2,047.

For further information on working in excavations visit: http://www.hse.gov.uk/construction/safetytopics/excavations.htm

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