Lack of appropriate health and safety signage leads to worker's death
Posted by Nicole Stevens.
A lack of appropriate health and safety signage led to the death of an employee of a Welsh traffic management firm, it has emerged.
The city's Magistrates Court heard this week how the 30-year-old worker was hit by a vehicle when he went to collect traffic cones on the M4, near Cardiff, in 2006.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that R P Traffic Management Ltd had failed to make sure a safe system of work was in place, including the use of "appropriate signs" to alert motorists to the presence of workmen.
The regulator also called into question the setup of the company's operation at the time, as the man was part of a team of trainees supervised by one foreman.
R P Traffic Management pleaded guilty to failing to ensure the safety of two trainee traffic management operatives under Section 2(1) of the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974. It was fined £100,000 and ordered to pay £22,000 costs.
"Advanced warning signs should always be used when people are working on motorway roadworks to alert drivers that people may be in the road and exercise caution as they approach," HSE inspector Wayne Williams said.
"On the night in question, the gang of three workers consisted of one foreman and two trainees. This was not adequate supervision in what is a high risk working environment," he added.
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