04 September 2007
Construction firm fined after worker dies
A Salisbury-based construction company has been fined after one of its employees died in an accident in 2003, the Salisbury Journal reports.
Castleway Developments was fined £30,000 at a hearing in Salisbury Crown Court after admitting it had failed to ensure the safety of its workers. It was also ordered to pay £13,714 in costs.
Four years ago George Rogers, a 62-year-old employee of the firm died after he was catapulted from a dumper drunk, which subsequently ran over his body.
The prosecution claimed that the incident, which resulted in Mr Rogers being thrown from his seat after his vehicle had travelled over a sunken trench, was a well known hazard with dumper trucks and therefore suitable precautions should have been taken.
It added that the company had also failed to train its employees on using plant machinery and had not put in place an adequate system of checking plant machinery or a training verification scheme.
In 2004, another employee was seriously injured after he was run over by a dumper truck on a construction site in Riddings.