Recently, a construction company has been fined £800,000 after a construction worker was accidentally crushed.
The incident took place at Heathrow Airport when Robert Paul Griffith tried to move a scissor lift that had broken down. It was at that point that his foot became stuck between the dumper truck’s accelerator and brake.
This then led to the truck reversing, backing onto his brother who was standing nearby. Unfortunately, this led to the worker being crushed and he was ultimately pronounced dead at the scene.
The Health and Safety Executive investigated the incident and found that neither worker was authorised to use the truck. Neither had the proper certificate’s and the operation was also not efficiently managed either.
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Construction firm Crossways pleaded guilty to breaching health and safety and was also fined £800,000. They were also ordered to pay a further £100,000 in costs too. One of the HSE inspectors also described: “this incident was a tragedy for all concerned and, as revealed by our investigation, entirely avoidable.”
“These dedicated staff, including Phillip and his brother, needed appropriate supervision.”
“Had there been appropriate supervision, then better segregation between Phillip and these two vehicles could have been established and maintained.”
“This case should act as a reminder of the dangers of using workplace transport without proper planning, management or monitoring of the risks involved.”
Another company was also fined thousands recently as well after one of its workers was engulfed in flames. Take a look at the full report here.
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