HSSEHealth, Safety, Security and Environment. This describes the code, policies and standards that the industry must follow to maintain health and safety on the job and for the environment. BulletinBulletins highlight issues that will be experienced throughout the industry, and prove a useful tool to encourage the raising of standards and awareness of health and safety issues industry wide. No 589
12 October 2017
Plant Operations Injury
A Wolverhampton based company has recently been fined £50,000 + costs after a 39 year old employee was crushed by a reversing excavator.
The employee was moving debris from around the excavator when it began to reverse, he was crushed leaving him with serious injuries to his leg, pelvis, liver and lungs.
The workman requires assistance to move around his home and he has not returned to work more than 16 months after the incident.
This incident highlights the need for the segregation of vehicles and pedestrians. Barriers must be erected around your work area, even on closed sites. Use a banksmanAppointed person in charge of lifting operations or vehicle maneuvering. when moving plant (including MEWPS and vehicles) on site.
Always liaise with any other contractors on site to agree the work areas. If work areas conflict, consider postponing the task – do not operate plant if you cannot segregate your work area from other contractors work areas.
If you are unsure of the requirements, or are unable to safely segregate your work area, contact your line manager.