It has been reported that a Surrey construction company has been fined after a contractor was run over on a large site in Wokingham
On 7 December 2014 the injured site foreman, was walking along the site road at Mulberry Grove toward the rear of a bulk powder (mortar) carrier. The large bulk powder carrier was located on a T junction having just reversed into the junction. The foreman walked along the nearside of the vehicle as it pulled forward and turned towards the nearside. He was hit by the vehicle and pulled under it. He suffered serious life threatening injuries. His skin was removed and split on his left arm and leg, he fractured his left hip requiring a pin to be inserted, and fingers on his left hand were broken. His left leg has been left permanently shorter than his right by 20mm.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) told the court the incident could have been avoided, but that Crest Nicholson Operations Ltd, had failed to plan and manage the workplace transport effectively. Had they monitored and taken action to ensure workers stayed behind the pedestrian barriers and not walked on the road, and prevented large HGVs reversing 100s of metres at a time, the accident would not have happened.
Workplace transport incidents are the second most common cause of serious and fatal incidents in the construction industry, yet they can easily be avoided by having proper plans in place and provision for pedestrians on site.
As a worker on a construction site always wear high-visibility clothing and if you feel that a situation is unsafe then inform the site foreman or health and safety officer.
If you are in an accident on a construction site, it may not be at the fault of your employer, however if it could have been avoided then you may have a claim for personal injury.
Contact our Personal Injury team today at Ringrose Law where we can advise you if you have a claim. We have offices in Lincoln, Boston, Spalding, Sleaford, Grantham and Newark.