After a worker was struck by an excavator and fatally crushed, a company has been fined a whopping £130,000.
A crusher was being prepared for use. This followed being transported from another quarry to the quarry where this incident occurred. A worker was struck by a quick hitch on the dipper arm of an excavator. This resulted in the worker being crushed between the quick hitch and the side of the feed hopper on the mobile crusher.
Investigating The Circumstances
The Health & Safety Executive conducted an investigation into the incident. They found that a suitable assessment of the risk level to employees had not been conducted. A safe system of work also was not in place for the operation of the hinged crusher feed hooper side plates. These needed to be lifted into position. They then needed to be secured with wedges and pins, along with fitting a cross brace beam in the feeder.
Work at height within the feeder had also not been adequately assessed. There was also insufficient information, instruction and training for the tasks.
The company in question pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974. £130,000 in fines was issued.
The court also accepted that Health & Safety failings in the charge did not cause the death of the employee. The plea came before them on a non-causal basis.
HM Specialist Inspector of Quarries spoke after the case. “This case should serve as a reminder of the need for employers and quarry operators, as duty holders, to review their activities to ensure that a suitable and sufficient assessment of risk has been made and recorded, that the necessary equipment and controls are in place and sufficient information, instruction and training has been provided, especially when excavators are being used as lifting equipment.”More News