Wednesday, June 3, 2009

BAM Construct fined £15,000 after fitter run over by telehandler

BAM Construct has been fined ВЈ15,000 after a worker on the ВЈ22.5m Willow Place shopping centre in Corby was reversed over by a telehandler.

A male fitter working for Pyrotect, which had been subcontracted by BAM to install a fire protection system on site, was carrying a piece of plasterboard and walking in the opposite direction of the telehandler on 23 August 2007 when he was reversed over by the vehicle.

The driver stopped, thinking he had run over a piece of fallen plasterboard which was obstructing his path, only to find the subcontractor under the wheels of the machine.

The fitter suffered a broken tibia and fibia in his left leg, wounds to his left foot, a broken left ankle and a dislocated bone in his right leg. He has not returned to work, two years after the accident.


BAM Construct fined £15,000 after fitter run over by telehandler


BAM pleaded guilty to a charge under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 for failing to plan, organise, control, monitor, and review traffic on site.

The firm was fined at Corby Magistrates' Court and ordered to pay ВЈ13,540.90 costs.

Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector Mhairi Lockwood said: "This was a very serious and preventable incident which has resulted in a man being away from work for nearly two years.

"This company obviously has policies in place but it is vital that they are properly considered, implemented and monitored at site level and throughout the life of the project.

"BAM are one of the big players in the construction field and we would expect better, especially as they have been advised previously on workplace transport at this site."