Two building firms ordered to pay over £110K after serious injury

PUBLISHED: 14:04 14 March 2018 | UPDATED: 14:09 14 March 2018

Bricks and cement. Picture: supplied

Bricks and cement. Picture: supplied

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A worker for a construction company was left with chipped vertebra and post-traumatic stress disorder after he was run over by a construction vehicle.

Basildon Magistrates’ Court heard how a grounds worker for AD Bly Construction Ltd was run over by a telehandler whilst working in the middle of the construction site road.

The company, which is based in Nup End Industrial Estate in Codicote, was subcontracted by Bellway Homes Ltd when the accident happened on July 14 2015.

The grounds worker was lucky to have passed under the body of the reversing telehandler, and not under the wheels, which would have likely resulted in his death.

The resulting injuries include chipped vertebra, muscular and tendon damage and the worker has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

He is still working at the company.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive found both the principal contractor, Bellway Homes, and subcontractor, AD Bly Construction, failed in their duties to effectively plan, manage and monitor control measures to address the risks associated with construction site vehicles.

The investigation also found they failed to manage and control the risk of persons being struck by a vehicle on their construction site.

AD Bly Construction Ltd, which employs over 400 grounds workers, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 15(2) of Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 and has been fined £26,000 and ordered to pay costs of £5,271.38.

Bellway Homes Ltd pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 13(1) of Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 and has been fined £31,500 and ordered to pay costs of £48,600.

Speaking after the case, HSE Inspector Ian Shearring said: “The risks associated with construction vehicles is well-known and both companies failed in their duties to address these.

“Both Bellway Homes as the principal contractor, and AD Bly as subcontractor, have today been held to account for failing to take adequate action to protect the health and safety of persons working on their site.”

The newspaper has reached out to Bellway AD Bly Construction Ltd and Bellway Homes Ltd for further comment.

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