Swansea Crown Court has sentenced a self-employed contractor from Carmarthenshire, to a six month custodial sentence after being found guilty of breaching Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.
An investigation held by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) revealed that a 54 year old worker died after entering a trench at a farm in Pembrokeshire, in June 2012. The trench collapsed and buried him.
The worker died at the scene of his injuries.
The HSE told the court that the work had not been planned, risk assessments were inadequate and no training or safety equipment provided.
After the case was heard, HSE Inspector Phil Nicolle said: “This tragic incident could have been prevented by undertaking a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risks, providing the correct equipment or safe working methods to the workers and managing and monitoring the work to ensure it was done safely.
“Work in excavations needs to be properly planned, managed and monitored to ensure no one enters an excavation deeper than 1.2m without adequate controls in place to prevent a collapse.”
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