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Precautions may have prevented construction accident

8th January 2010 | Health and Safety Signs

An accident in Northumberland which led to a construction worker being severely injured may have been prevented by the use of proper precautions, such as health and safety signs.

The incident happened in July 2008, when an employee of Meldrum Construction Services attempted to use a telehandler without being trained in its operation and overturned it, suffering multiple fractures to his right arm.

Tynedale magistrates court has since ordered the company to pay a £4,500 fine for failing carry out appropriate precautionary measures, such as erecting health and safety signs and producing a risk assessment.

John McGill, a construction inspector with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), commented: "This incident demonstrates how important it is for construction companies to effectively manage health and safety at all levels within the business."

Meanwhile, Pam Waldron, the HSE's north-east head of operations, recently said that statistics revealing over 6,000 incidents in the region's workplaces last year illustrate the need to use precautions such as health and safety signs.ADNFCR-2754-ID-19546770-ADNFCR


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