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Worker hit by van due to severe safety failings

7th March 2014 | Warning Signs

Posted by Ben Alexander

A reversing van that struck a construction worker has led to a building firm being fined £130,000, as it showed that vital safety measures had not been implemented.

EMC Contracts Ltd had been hired to fit a coffee shop in the foyer area of a cinema. While this work was going on, 45-year-old painter Carl Green ended up being struck by a van that was reversing after having been unloaded.

An investigation undertaken by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that EMC had written a method statement for the work identifying that pedestrians being injured by vehicles was a main hazard.

However, the company had not set out any measures to prevent injury. Small additions to the site, such as warning signs or driver training, could have reduced the chance of an accident by a large amount.

EMC was prosecuted by the HSE, and was found guilty of two breaches of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. It was fined £130,000 and ordered to pay £52,790 costs. The company has now been put into voluntary liquidation.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801701296-ADNFCR


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