Two companies fined for CDM regulations breach after worker is run over by a telehander

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A housebuilder and a sub-contractor have been fined for breaching CDM regulations after a worker was run over by a telehandler.

The man was working in the middle of a road through a construction site on July 14, 2015, when he was struck by the reversing vehicle.

His injuries include chipped vertebra, muscular and tendon damage and he has since been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.

The ground worker was fortunate to have survived the incident, as the body of the reversing telehandler passed over him.

Basildon Magistrates’ Court was told that that he would probably have been killed if he had been run over by its wheels.

A Health and Safety Executive investigation found Bellway Homes, and A D Bly Construction failed in their duties to effectively plan, manage and monitor control measures to address the risks associated with construction site vehicles.

They had also failed to manage and control the risk of individuals being struck by a vehicle on their construction site.

A D Bly Construction of Old Knebworth, Hertfordshire, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 15(2) of Construction (Design and Management) – CDM – Regulations 2015 and was fined £26,000 with £5,271.38 costs.

Bellway Homes of Dudley Lane, Newcastle upon Tyne pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 13(1) of Construction (Design and Management) – CDM – Regulations 2015 and was fined £31,500 with £48,600 costs.

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 A D 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.”