An employee tragically died after being crushed under a reversing bulldozer in a fatal work accident.
Mihai Hondru, from Ilford, died while rebuilding an M25 embankment in Upminster by junction 29 on October 20, 2010.
Slough building company J McArdle Contracts Ltd was fined £2,000 by Chelmsford Crown Court on Friday (July 11). Stephen Blackmore, the driver of the bulldozer which struck the worker, had already been sentenced in a previous hearing.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) took them both to court after finding safety failings.
Mr Hondru, 63, died while ushering trucks to their rightful embankment position as Mr Blackmore used his bulldozer to level their tipped soil.
Safety flaws led to deadly crush injuries
The HSE’s investigation into the fatal crush injuries found that:
- J McArdle Contracts Ltd, which oversaw the rebuilding, did not have adequate safety steps in position to safeguard staff working near the bulldozer as it reversed
- Mr Blackmore, 54, did not properly take into account Mr Hondru’s proximity to his vehicle
- Mr Blackmore left it to Mr Hondru to get out of the bulldozer’s path
The judge said J McArdle Contracts Ltd’s punishment would have risen to £200,000 had it still be trading.
He found the Slough-based firm, which has gone into liquidation, guilty of breaking Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.
Mr Blackmore, from, Talaton in Devon, also received a guilty verdict for breaking Regulation 37(3)(a) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007. His six-month prison term was suspended for a year. He was also told to pay £2,500 costs.
What to do next
If you have suffered a crush injury at work and wish to file any personal injury claim, you can call Accident Advice Helpline (AAH).
The widely-acclaimed UK law company offers clients expert solicitors with huge experience of such cases. The firm also offers 24/7 advice on its 0800 689 0500 free-phone service and a helpful website.
You can click on this link for its useful blog page, which should guide you in the right direction, no matter what kind of injury you have sustained.
Source: Romford Recorder
Date Published: July 15, 2014
Author: David Brown