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Quarry firm fined after vehicle plunge

29th July 2010 | Warning Signs

Posted by Nicole Stevens.

The need to have the appropriate warning signs in place when operating machinery has been underscored after a quarry machine overturned and slid down a sand pile with its operator inside.

An excavation firm in east Yorkshire, Humberside Aggregates and Excavations, was fined £30,000, and ordered to pay costs of £10,590, after failing to observe three separate parts of Quarries Regulations 1999, according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

The employee, who was in training to be a wheel loader operator at the excavation firm, was moving sand from a stockpile in October last year when an access ramp gave way. Consequently the vehicle fell down the pile, measured at almost 16ft, because of a lack of protection barriers.

Lost consciousness and concussion were suffered by the operator who was hospitalised after the incident.

The HSE, who brought the case against the firm, prosecuted the digging company for failing to assess, identify and minimise risk.

Commenting on the case, Richard Noble, an inspector for the HSE, said: "Quarrying remains one of the most dangerous industries to work in. Since 2000 more than 3,000 workers have suffered an injury reportable to HSE and 24 people have been killed. Workplace transport is the industry's biggest cause of fatal accidents within the industry, and that is why the industry and HSE work together in a joint advisory committee to introduce good practices for quarry operators."

Just last week a man was hit by a forklift truck at a factory with inadequate safety signs.ADNFCR-2754-ID-800007850-ADNFCR


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