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£40K fine digger incident highlights importance of health and safety for plant

A 45-year-old father of four remains in constant pain, three and a half years after getting injured on a demolition project, reported The Construction Index on 11 July 2016.

Complete Demolition Ltd had been contracted to demolish a school on the site at Stanney Lane, Ellesmere Port to make way for a new leisure centre.

On 27th November 2013, while the site was being cleared, the driver of a skip wagon was attempting to reverse into an area that was already occupied by a 40-tonne crawler excavator but was manoeuvring out of the way. As the excavator moved, it hit the worker, knocked him to the ground and crawled over his left foot.

HSE inspector Deborah Walker said after the hearing: “This was an entirely foreseeable incident which could have been avoided. The company failed to properly plan for the duration of the works putting pedestrians at risk.”

Driving safely on construction sites

Driving safely on construction sites is a key concern as accidents can occur if the proper protocol is ignored. These accidents could cause property damage, injury and even death.

The Health and Safety Executive’s own checklist* is designed to help protect staff, members of the public and property when using onsite vehicles from skip loader to site dumpers, lift trucks, tipper lorries and excavators.  And, the list specifically includes the following advice:

  1. Pedestrian-only areas should be established. These must be clearly separated from vehicle routes using fencing or a kerb, be wide enough to safely accommodate pedestrians at peak times, allow easy access to work areas, be kept free from tripping hazards, be clearly signposted and provide safe crossing routes.
  2. Vehicle-only areas should be established. These should be adequate for the number, type and size of the largest vehicles that use them, have firm surfaces and adequate drainage, be kept free from obstructions, avoid steep gradients and tight bends, have minimal junctions, be clearly signposted and marked, and provide suitable speed restrictions.

Full guidance is published here.

Safety paramount at Mr Plant Hire

Whatever construction equipment you hire across Enfield or the London area, Mr Plant Hire should be your first port of call.

The long-established London area plant hire specialist, Mr Plant Hire plc, was founded in 1981 and the Company has always been determined to ensure top quality plant, an excellent level of service and an unequivocal commitment to safety continuing as a top priority.

Our team of plant hire experts are available to visit customers either at their offices or on site upon request, thus providing a personal service with the confidence of getting things right first time, particularly where safety is concerned

We pride ourselves on both pre-hire and post-hire service which we employ to ensure our customers’ full satisfaction throughout our partnership. Contact the Mr Plant Hire team now for safety advice on your next plant hire.

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