Swindon-based civil engineering and groundwork’s contractor fined £200,000 after worker killed by dumper
Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court heard how the contractor’s employee drove a forward-tipping dumper onto a spoil heap. When the tipper became stuck, the driver jumped off, which caused the vehicle to tip over and strike him on the head. The driver died at the scene.
The HSE investigation found it was the practice of this company on this site and others for dumpers to access spoil heaps with no barriers to prevent over-running. To compound the situation, an excavator had removed some of this particular spoil heap creating a sheer face.
The contractor pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 2 (1) of The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and was fined £200,000 plus a victim surcharge of £170 and ordered to pay costs of £5,565.
Speaking after the hearing, the HSE report their inspector as stating: "Risks associated with the creation of spoil heaps had not been suitably and sufficiently assessed. Either the company should have decided on a safer method which avoided the need for the dumper to access spoil heaps (as they have done after the accident), or they should have introduced stricter management arrangements which would have included bunds at a safe distance from the edge".