Kent firm fined after site dumper operator drowns
A construction firm from Kent has been fined £20,000 after one of its employees died in an accident involving a site dumper.
The EJ Construction worker was extending a section of land being used as a temporary path into a flooded quarry at Salt Lane in Cliffe when the vehicle came off the road, trapping and drowning him under the quarry.
Company boss Edward Day was found guilty of breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and Regulation 37(6) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007.
Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector Melvyn Stancliffe explained that the incident could have been avoided with the use of edge protection and relevant warning signs.
"This tragic case so sadly illustrates the hazards that are all too frequently faced by construction workers," he said.
"The law is clear and where employers fail to safeguard their workers and injury, ill-health or death result, [the] HSE will take enforcement action."
Meanwhile, solenoid manufacturer HE & BS Benson was fined £8,000 and ordered to pay £4,356 in costs earlier this week after one of its workers suffered an amputated finger following an accident involving a power press.
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