A construction company in Surrey has been fined £800,000 after one of its workers was run over by a powder carrier.
David Cole suffered life-changing injuries on account of Crest Nicolson Operations Limited failing to plan and manage the workplace transport effectively, Reading Crown Court heard.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector John Berezansky says the firm failed to “properly manage and monitor the workplace transport on their construction site“.
The HSE says the serious incident could have been avoided had they monitored and taken action to prevent large HGVs reversing 100s of metres at a time and had they ensured workers stay behind the pedestrian barriers.
‘Serious life threatening injuries’
Mr Cole was working as a foreman for Harlequin Brickwork Ltd on the large-scale housing development project in Wokingham when he was struck and pulled beneath the vehicle.
The large carrier was reversing from a T junction and pulling forward it struck Mr Cole as he was walking along the nearside of the vehicle.
Suffering serious life threatening injuries, the foreman’s skin was removed and split on his left arm and leg and he fractured his left hip requiring a pin to be inserted.
The fingers on his left hand were broken and his left leg has been left permanently shorter than his right by 20mm.
Mr Berezansky added: “When working with such large delivery vehicles and construction plant, especially on projects where there are lots of pedestrians, the principal contractor must take responsibility and ensure the health and safety of all those involved.”
Crest Nicholson Operations Ltd., of Crest House, Pyrcroft Road, Chertsey, Surrey, pleaded guilty to breaches of Regulation 36 (1) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 and was fined £800,000 plus £10,984 costs.
Source: Health and Safety Executive
Date Published: October 1, 2016
Author: Jonathan Brown