Safety Alert: Essential to get the basics right when using handling equipment: adequate planning, pedestrian/equipment segregation, supervision and control of the operation
A joiner on a construction project was crushed and killed by a 20-tonne excavator.
The joiner had been hired by the duty holder to assist with the construction of a concrete overflow weir structure. He was with colleagues on a road above the work area waiting for the excavator to remove sand from trench boxes when it rotated clockwise and crushed him.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the work had not been adequately planned, and no instruction had been given to the digger operator, or to pedestrians who were working in the area. The risks associated with the work had not been adequately assessed either, and there was no segregation of pedestrians and plant in this area of the site.
The company had not appointed a banksman to ensure the safety of pedestrians while the vehicle was in operation and there was also nobody to oversee this element of the work to ensure it was carried out safely.
HSE Inspector Katherine Cotton said, “This was a tragic incident that was easily preventable. Those in control of work have a responsibility to organise their sites and devise safe methods of working, in relation to vehicles and pedestrians, and ensure they are implemented.
Construction site vehicle incidents can and should be prevented by the effective management of transport operations throughout the construction process.
For further information follow the link: https://press.hse.gov.uk/2023/01/20/146k-fine-for-company-after-joiner-crushed-to-death-by-20-tonne-excavator/
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