Any type of job that involves excavation needs to be properly risk assessed before work is carried out. Excavation is involved in all types of construction work, and in particular anything which involves laying or repairing pipe-work. If you’ve been injured in a job in Sandwell that involved excavation, or working in a trench that has already been excavated, and someone else is to blame, Accident Advice Helpline can help you to launch an injury claim in Sandwell over the Internet.
Worker’s thigh bone snapped by excavation collapse
Excavation work and water do not mix well. A 45-year-old worker was injured in Galliford, when the trench he was working in became flooded and collapsed inwards trapping his right leg. The problem happened when a sudden rush of water from the pipe the 45-year-old was repairing unexpectedly gushed out. Before the man could get out of the trench, the side wall collapsed, pinning his right leg to the pipe. Such was the force and pressure behind the collapse that it snapped his thigh bone.
The man was dug out of the trench by his colleagues and taken to hospital. He underwent an operation whereby a pin and several bolts were inserted into the broken thigh bone. The injury victim was walking on sticks for five months and was not able to go back to work until 11 months after the accident.
HSE called in to investigate
An investigation carried out by the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) found that although the company who employed the 45-year-old worker had carried out a risk assessment, they had failed to identify the problems that a sudden gush of water could cause.
At the hearing, the construction company entered a guilty plea in terms of breaching Regulation 31(1)(a) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007. They were fined £3,000.
Poor risk assessment led to inadequate preparation
The seriousness of earth-work collapses cannot be underestimated. One cubic metre of earth weighs as much as somewhere between 1.6 and 1.8 tonnes, making even a small collapse inherently dangerous. In this instance, because the company failed to assess the risk of an incident involving a sudden gush water, no shoring had been put into position that could have otherwise held the walls of the excavation in position; certainly for long enough to enable the worker to have exited the trench safely.
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Date Published: 30th October 2014