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Construction firm fined due to lack of warning signs

5th February 2010 | Warning Signs

A lack of warning signs at a York-based construction firm has resulted in the company having to pay out £20,000 in fines after a contractor working at the company was seriously injured.

Nottingham Magistrates Court has heard how Shepherd Construction did not provide adequate safety signs to prevent the worker driving a cherry picker over a concealed man-hole cover in August 2007, which led to the vehicle tipping over and the contractor damaging his skull, back and legs.

Health and Safety Executive inspector Martin Giles commented that operators of mobile elevating work platforms, such as scissor lifts and cherry pickers, should always be warned about any man-hole covers and underground services.

"The company failed to put in place adequate measures to find and record where the man holes and service covers were around the site and failed to take steps to protect them or prevent vehicles from driving over them," he added.

Earlier this week, the HSE announced it is teaming up with local authorities in Dorset to improve health and safety signage in businesses across the county.


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