Excavation worker accident highlights safety sign importance
A groundwork contractor from Cambridgeshire has been fined £3,500 after one of its workers was buried alive, highlighting the need for appropriate safety signs.
The man was carrying out an excavation for Anthony Hill in a trench at Penny Farm near Brinkley when the sides collapsed, completely submerging him in rubble.
Although he was subsequently rescued by emergency services, the worker suffered a broken leg and severe bruising.
Mr Hill was fined for breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and Regulation 31(1) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007.
"This worker was incredibly fortunate to survive the horror of being buried alive," said Health and Safety Executive principal inspector Norman Macritchie.
"These types of easily preventable incidents are all too common and often prove fatal, so it is absolutely essential that employers and contractors ensure they have measures in place to protect their staff."
Meanwhile, Corus UK was fined £5,000 and ordered to pay costs of £5,074 last week after one of its workers suffered leg injuries at a steel factory in East Cleveland.
Posted by Ben Alexander
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