Construction company fined after an employee dies after being run over by a dumper truck

A company has been fined after an employee was run over by a dumper vehicle.

The Court heard that on 28 October 2016, at a Substation then under construction, a gentleman was changing over a blade on a piece of work equipment at the side of a roadway when he was run over by a six-tonne dumper truck the gentleman sustained serious pelvic injuries and died as a result.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the company had failed to adequately assess the risks to their employees whilst they were repairing and replacing equipment. They failed to provide a system of work in relation to this task which defined a place or places where such work could be carried out safely and which segregated people from vehicles.

The company pleaded guilty to breaching Sections 2 and 33(1)(a) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and was fined £700,000.

After the hearing, the HSE inspector, said: “This tragic incident led to the avoidable death of a man.

“This death could easily have been prevented if his employer had acted to identify and manage the risks involved, and to put a safe system of work in place.”

Information provided by https://press.hse.gov.uk/2021/06/08/construction-company-fined-after-an-employee-dies-after-being-run-over-by-a-dumper-truck/