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Bulldozer operator handed 6 month prison sentence

The Construction Index (14 July 2014) reported that Mihai Hondru, 39, of Barkingside, Ilford, was killed on 20 October 2010 when he was struck by a reversing bulldozer on an M25 widening project near Upminster.

HSE Inspector Sandy Carmichael said, in the report, after the case: “Mihai Hondru’s death was a needless tragedy, all the more so because it was preventable. Safe operation of heavy plant, including  bulldozers, means continuously checking that pedestrians are clear of moving vehicles.

“What had seemed like a small change in the task was really very significant. Construction work needs good planning – and good planning includes thorough risk assessment,” continued Sandy Carmichael. Mr Hondru’s death could have easily been avoided if the transport operations had been properly managed and there had been good vigilance by everyone involved.”

On average, each year seven workers die as a result of incidents involving vehicles or mobile plant on construction sites. A further 93 are seriously injured.

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