Dumper truck accident leads to death of worker

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An Essex based construction company has been fined after an accident where a dumper truck overturned caused the death of a worker.

Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court heard how on 3 October 2016, David Green, a ground worker for Rose Builders LTD, was operating a front tipping dumper truck as he offloaded top soil at the Summers Park Development site in Colchester.

He lost control of the truck which toppled forward and came to rest upside down at the base of the spoil heap. A colleague noticed the overturned truck and ran over to assist, but Mr Green had sustained a serious head injury during the fall and died on scene.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that there had been a number of failings in the safe management of tipping operations on the spoil heaps.

It was established that the operation was not properly planned; drivers were not given instruction or training on how to safely operate vehicles and tip on spoil heaps, and the job itself was poorly supervised.

The victim did not have his seat belt fastened which was confirmed as common practice on the site.

Rose Builders Ltd pleaded guilty to breaching Sections 2 (1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

The company was fined £225,000 and ordered to pay costs of £11,822.90.

Jeremy Sirrell a Partner at Palmers and Health and Safety expert said: “This was a tragic avoidable incident, caused by the failure of the employer to assess the risk related to the work.

“The incident highlights why it is so important for companies and individuals to take their responsibilities to protect others seriously.”

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