A construction worker’s death could have been avoided if the work had been planned properly, according to a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector.
HSE Inspector Andrew Cousins was speaking after a hearing in which Hague Construction Limited was sentenced following the death of Daniel Clifford Yeowell.
Struck by drainage cover
Mr Yeowell had been hired by Hague as a ground worker on a West Sussex project, Lewes Crown Court heard.
On October 4, 2013 Mr Yeowell and a colleague were in the process of constructing and installing drainage boxes at Langley Green Primary School in Crawley.
Number of safety failings revealed
The HSE investigation revealed that the lifting operation of the cover hadn’t been planned correctly. The company had also not supplied its workers with safe and appropriate equipment to carry out the work.
And the lifting chains that were used for the manoeuvre were too long and not attached safely to the cover or the excavator.
Hague Construction Limited pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Etc Act 1974 and was fined £100,000 and ordered to pay costs of £16,918.
Mr Cousins said: “Our investigation was prompted in the most tragic of circumstances. Hague Construction should have properly planned the lifting operation regarding this work activity.
“If the company had done so, Mr Yeowell’s death could have been avoided.”
Source: Health and Safety Executive
Date Published: May 7, 2017
Author: Jonathan Brown