24 September 2007
Contractor fined £100K
A Merseyside contractor has been fined £100,000 and ordered to pay £9,034 after a worker was killed by a wheeled loading vehicle.
Joshua Beswick, a 20-year-old labourer, died in September 2004 when he was struck by the vehicle while walking across the company's yard at Ditton Road in Widnes.
Grundy and Co Excavations pled guilty to a health and safety charge at Warrington Crown Court.
Speaking after the hearing, Health and Safety Executive inspector John McGrellis commented: "Where vehicles and pedestrians use the same routes they should be separated, with appropriate crossing points clearly marked and signposted where necessary."
This incident illustrates the importance of ensuring that safe working systems are in place for employees, he added.
The number of construction industry deaths in the UK rose by 28 per cent last year, up from 60 the year before to 77.
Recently, two construction firms were fined following an incident which resulted in a worker being paralysed after he was hit by the bucket of a mini excavator.