A construction company has today been sentenced after an employee was run over and killed by a dumper truck.
Edinburgh Sherriff Court heard how, on 5 December 2016, Allenbuild Limited was the principal contractor on a construction site when an agency labourer was run over and killed by a dumper truck, driven by an employee of Crummock (Scotland) Limited. The incident happened at a building site know as ‘The Engine Yard’ at Leith Walk, Edinburgh.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive found Allenbuild Limited failed to organise the construction site in such a way to ensure that pedestrians were not carrying out work on or near traffic routes whilst vehicles were in operation. It is thought that the deceased was spray painting a ‘piling marker’ in front of a dumper truck, when it moved forward, driving over him.
Allenbuild Limited of Cheapside, London plead guilty to breaching Regulation 27(1) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 and was fined £600,000.
Speaking after the hearing, inspector Rob Hirst said: “This was a tragic and wholly avoidable incident that arose due to the company’s failure to ensure that pedestrians were not carrying out work on or near traffic routes whilst vehicles were in operation.”
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