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BAM Nuttall fined £700,000 after worker run over by dumper truck

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Construction company, BAM Nuttall has been fined £700,000 after an employee was run over by a dumper vehicle.


Inverness Sheriff Court heard that Mr John Cameron had been working at on 28 October 2016, Blackhillock Substation, in Keith, which was then under construction, when he was killed. 

The incident happened when he was changing over a blade on a piece of work equipment at the side of a roadway. As he was doing so, he was run over by a six-tonne dumper truck. Mr Cameron sustained serious pelvic injuries and died as a result.

An investigation by HSE found that Bam Nuttall Limited failed to adequately assess the risks to their employees while they were repairing and replacing equipment. 

They failed to provide a system of work in relation to this task which defined a place or places where such work could be carried out safely and which segregated people from vehicles.

BAM Nuttall Limited of St James House, Knoll Road, Camberley, Surrey, pleaded guilty to breaching Sections 2 and 33(1)(a) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and was fined £700,000.

After the hearing, investigating HSE inspector, Penny Falconer said: “This tragic incident led to the avoidable death of a man.

“This death could easily have been prevented if his employer had acted to identify and manage the risks involved, and to put a safe system of work in place.”

 

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