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Contractor fined after road worker hit by bus

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A contractor has been fined after a worker was hit by a bus while carrying out a project to lay pipe under a road.

Rebeck Communications, of Billing Road, Northampton, was fined £12,000 at Northampton Magistrates Court for failing to keep and maintain a safe place of work after

an investigation by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE).

The court heard Rebeck Communications was contracted to lay pipe across the full width of Station Road in Long Buckby, Northamptonshire, in May 2014.

According to the HSE, the company decided to use a temporary traffic management system, allowing one lane to be closed while vehicles used the other.

During the reinstatement of the road surface at the centre point of the road, a worker was struck by a bus, causing serious injuries to the worker including a dislocated knee and severe ligament and muscle damage.

The court heard that it was usual to have a 500mm safety zone as a restricted area when undertaking this kind of work. However the court heard the 500mm safety zone was not being maintained and no other control measures were in place.

Rebeck Communications Limited, of Eagle House, Billing Road, Northampton, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 26(2) of the Construction, (Design and Management) Regulations 2007, according to the HSE.

 

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