Dumper death at Leith site


A man has died after being struck by a dumper on an Edinburgh industrial estate. He was pronounced dead at the scene following the incident which took place at 9.50am today (Monday).

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: “The man sustained serious injuries and was subsequently pronounced dead at the scene. The incident will be reported to the Health and Safety Executive.”

Developer Places for People, which is building seven blocks of flats near Leith Walk, said site workers were being provided with welfare support through a contractor. The worker who died is believed to have been employed by a sub-contractor.

Meanwhile in England, a waste disposal company has been fined after an incident in which a worker was crushed beneath an excavator.

Basildon Crown Court heard how the worker was processing wood waste in February 2014 at a site operated by Cohart Asbestos Disposal Ltd. A company director was operating the tracked excavator to transfer waste from a main pile to an adjacent manual-sorting area. The injured worker moved behind the excavator to pick up an old door and place it in a skip but as he did so, the operator reversed the machine, crushing the worker beneath one of the tracks. He sustained serious crush injuries to his right leg which later required amputation in hospital.

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found the company had failed to ensure effective communications between the operator of the excavator and persons working in the yard. A visibility assessment on the excavator also revealed that the operator would have been affected by a blind spot of up to eight metres directly behind the vehicle.  Also, the excavator’s reversing alarm and beacon were not working, a mirror was missing from the side of the cab and there was no camera or mirror on the rear.

Cohart was fined £40,000 and ordered to pay costs of £5,674 after pleading guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.

After the case, HSE inspector Edward Crick, said: “Potentially fatal risks arise from operating heavy plant on waste sites, particularly if, as in this case, the vehicle operator’s visibility is restricted. This worker suffered life-changing injuries after the company failed to put in place effective measures to protect pedestrian workers from its heavy plant operations.”



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Article posted 5/12/2016