Plymouth Crown Court has fined a construction firm £100,000 and ordered to pay full costs of around £100,000 after pleading guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
An investigation held by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) highlighted that the company failed to manage work vehicles at a site in Devonport where 159 residential properties were being built.
The worker had delivered a mortar silo to the site and was walking across the building site when he was hit by a nine tonne vehicle.
The injuries sustained were extensive including brain injury, facial fractures and significant damage to his ribs, pelvis, leg and foot. The worker required six months of hospital care.
The HSE told the court that the construction firm had failed to provide safe and separate walkways for pedestrians.
After the case was heard, HSE Inspector Jonathan Harris said
“Workplace transport incidents are the second most common cause of serious and fatal incidents in the construction industry, yet they could easily be avoided by having proper plans in place and provision for pedestrians on site.”
“On average, seven workers are killed every year as a result of collisions with vehicles or mobile plant on construction sites. A further 93 are seriously injured”.
Further information about managing traffic on building sites can be found on the HSE website athttp://www.hse.gov.uk/construction/safetytopics/vehiclestrafficmanagement.htm