Construction firm fined after teenage dumper truck injury
Posted by Johnny McMaster.
The importance of warning signs has been highlighted after a 14-year-old boy was injured while driving a construction site's dumper truck.
It is illegal for children who are of compulsory school age to work on construction sites, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has reminded employers.
This week, Gloucester Magistrates' Court heard how on April 13th this year, the boy was driving the dumper truck, weighing one tonne, down a slope on a site in Rodborough Common, when it overturned. He suffered serious injuries to his leg and foot and was not wearing a seatbelt.
Building contractor Kevin Banks, trading as KB Building Services, had employed the teenager to work for him.
He was fined £2,000 and ordered to pay costs of £4,052 after pleaded guilty to failing to comply with section 13(2) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007.
A HSE investigation found the contractor had failed to adequately plan, manage and monitor work so that employees were not at risk.
"Children and construction work do not mix. As this incident shows, construction sites can be very dangerous, and children tend to have less experience and less awareness of what could go wrong," HSE inspector Sue Adsett said.
A teenager is judged to be of "compulsory school age" if, when they are 16, they have not yet got to the end of the school year.
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