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Dorset worker buried alive in accident

24th January 2014 | Warning Signs

A man was buried alive in an accident at a Dorset construction site, and "it was only a matter of good fortune" that he was able to survive according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Kevin Richards was working in a basement excavation, checking the preparatory work that had been done, when the three-metre high side of the excavation collapsed.

He was covered with earth, and could not breathe until another employee was able to dig him an air hole with his hands.

Two of Mr Richards' ribs and his left shoulder blade were fractured as a result of the accident. He also suffered a double break to his right leg and a collapsed lung.

A HSE investigation found that the excavation had not been properly supported and therefore was likely to collapse with no warning signs. This is what caught Mr Richards by surprise.

Bluebay Properties Ltd was prosecuted by the HSE, and pleaded guilty to a  breach of the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2007. It was fined £6,000, and ordered to pay both £4,000 in costs and a £120 victim surcharge.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801685930-ADNFCR


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