Kier’s ‘‘inadequate supervision’’ caused a worker to suffer ‘‘life-changing injuries’’ when 6.9t of concrete crushed his leg during a bridge replacement job, a court was told.
Agency worker Peter Walker, 42, was on a ladder removing lifting chains from a precast concrete block when it toppled over and trapped his leg in August 2016.
The contractor has been convicted and is awaiting sentencing after an Office of Rail and Road investigation found it failed to provide adequate supervision on Network Rail’s Mardy Bridge site in South Wales.
It failed to issue a ladder permit and the excavator was moving while the concrete units were suspended, which was forbidden in the lift plan, Newport Magistrates’ Court heard today.
HM chief inspector of railways Ian Prosser said: “Mr Walker suffered devastating injuries in this incident and we are pleased that the guilty plea recognises the seriousness of the offence.
“We are absolutely committed to protecting the health and safety of passengers and railway staff and, as this and previous prosecutions demonstrate, will not hesitate to take enforcement action or prosecute when appropriate.”
Kier Infrastructure pleaded guilty to one offence under the Health and Safety at Work act. It will be sentenced on 17 July.
A Kier spokesperson said “We confirm that Kier has pleaded guilty to a Health and Safety at Work Act offence in relation to an incident that occurred during 2016. As these legal proceedings are on-going, we are unable to comment further at this time.”
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