Contractors should ensure that they have a transport plan for sites and effective segregation of pedestrians and vehicles, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has warned, after a worker received serious injuries after being run over by a loaded 4t dumper truck.
Magistrates in Derby heard on Friday how Derek Wilson of Nottingham was run over by a dumper truck while he was working on a construction site in Riddings on 2 December 2004. He suffered a number of serious injuries for which he is still receiving treatment.David Smith, of South Normanton, who was the principal contractor for the site pleaded guilty to the HSE charge of breaching the Construction (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1996 and was fined £2,000. Smith admitted that despite the need for pedestrian segregation and a transport plan being identified earlier, at the time of the incident no segregation had been put in place.It was only after the incident that a physical barrier separating the pedestrian walkways from the transport routes was finally introduced.HSE construction inspector Cliff Seymour said after the case: 'Tthis incident could easily have resulted in a fatality. Each year construction vehicle incidents account for around 15 deaths and are the second largest cause of fatal and major injuries in the industry.'It is vitally important that construction sites are well planned and organised.' 'This means eliminating or reducing potential contact between vehicles and pedestrians by effective physical barriers, with appropriate crossing points and speed limits.'Related links:Today's top stories