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David Cole, who was contracted to Harlequin Brickwork, was working as a foreman on the construction site in Wokingham. Work started in 2013 and is due to be completed next April.
On 7 December 2014 he walked along the nearside of the HGV, which had reversed into a T junction. The vehicle suddenly pulled forward and turned towards the pavement, hitting him.
He was pulled underneath the vehicle and sustained life-threatening injuries; his skin was removed from his left arm and leg and he needed pinning surgery to repair a fractured hip. His left leg is now 2 cm shorter than his right.
Reading Crown Court was told that Crest Nicholson had failed to effectively plan and manage the workplace transport. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said the accident could have been avoided had the company ensured workers stayed behind the pedestrian barriers and did not walk on the road, and prevented HGVs reversing hundreds of metres at once.
Crest Nicholson pleaded guilty to breaching reg 36(1) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007, which states that pedestrians and vehicles must be able to move around a construction site without risks to safety. It was fined £800,000 plus £10,984 costs.
HSE inspector John Berezansky said: "David Cole suffered life-changing injuries because Crest Nicolson did not properly manage and monitor the workplace transport of their construction site."
Truro Crown Court was told that Roger Daw, 58, was operating a fully-loaded front-tipping dumper on MJL Contractors’ site in Perranporth, Cornwall. As he drove the vehicle down an incline, it became unbalanced and tipped over. Daw, who is not thought to have been wearing a seatbelt, was thrown from the dumper which then landed on his legs and crushed them. He was airlifted to hospital where both legs were amputated.
Colin Marshall, the founder of Colin Marshall Scaffolding, and his son and business partner, James, have been prosecuted for the death of employee Roger Stoddern. The worker fell 7 m from the flat roof of a property in St Mawes, Cornwall, while he was dismantling scaffolding on 24 June 2013. Stoddern had been stacking 3 m roofing sheets and the safety railing had been removed so he could access the roof to carry out the task. Truro Crown Court heard that one of the men replaced the rail afterwards to mislead the Health and Safety Executive.
Workers for ATC, a joint venture between Alstom, TSO and Costain, reportedly have to walk long distances to go to the toilet as there are no portable toilets at a tunnelling site. ATC has been contracted by Crossrail to fit out and commission tunnels underneath the streets of London, between Royal Oak, Pudding Mill Lane and Plumstead Portals in the west, east and south east of the city.
The Tesco Maintenance employee was part of a team carrying out repairs to the roof and gutters of the Tesco Express store in Liscard Village, Wallasey, Merseyside on 13 June 2014 when the incident occurred. He sustained minor injuries after falling 9 m through a fragile skylight onto the shop floor.
Montway was responsible for the demolition of a two-storey detached house in Golders Green, London. Labourers Ioan Vancia from Romania and Albert Sejdijaj from Kosovo had been instructed in English to tear down the roof and clear away the demolition debris. Vancia had a limited command of the language, while Sejdijaj spoke reasonable English, but did not speak Romanian.
The project, called OHS (Occupational Health and Safety) Initiative for Workers and Communities, will see 75 people trained to deliver workshops in Dhaka in its garment, construction, ship-breaking and other similar industries.IOSH, the World Solidarity Movement (WSM) in Belgium, the National Fire Association (NFPA) in the USA, LUSH Cosmetics “Charity Pot” in Canada, and a group of anonymous donors in San Francisco, California, have provided a total in excess of $53,000 (£42,690) for the first year of the project. Fundraising will continue for the second and third years.