An organisation has been fined after an employee was run over by a dumper vehicle.
The Court heard that in October 2016, an employee was changing over a blade on a piece of work equipment at the side of a roadway when the employee was run over by a six-tonne dumper truck. The employee sustained serious pelvic injuries and died as a result.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the organisation 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 organisation 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 the employee’s employer had acted to identify and manage the risks involved, and to put a safe system of work in place.”