A construction contractor working to construct a geodesic dome at a Pembrokeshire wildlife park has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after serious safety failings.
The case which was heard at Haverford West Magistrates’ Court, fined the firm £2,000 with £1,002.80 costs after they pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3 (2) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.
The HSE investigation revealed that two men were working in a basket held by a telehandler which fell from the machine’s forks as it was lowering the basket to the ground.
One of the workers was knocked unconscious and the other sustained serious ankle injuries.
The HSE told the court that the firm was not qualified to manage health and safety on a construction site. Furthermore, no risk assessment had been done to assess the use of a telehandler and man basket and an unqualified driver was tasked to use the machinery.
After the case was heard, Phil Nicolle of the HSE said:
“If [the contractor] had planned and managed the task properly and identified the risks, he would have been able to ensure suitable equipment was used, and safe procedures implemented”
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