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Child fatally injured after being trapped between an unsecured power pole and fence

A company has been fined after a child was fatally injured when he was trapped between an unsecured pole and a fence.

06 March 2020

An employee delivered the overhead power pole to a roadside verge. The pole was left unsecured at the top of an embankment and subsequently rolled down, trapping the 12-year-old between it and a fence and causing fatal injuries.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found two distinct failings that led to the incident. Firstly, there was a failure to provide a safe system of work for the delivery and storage of poles to ensure that the poles were delivered to the correct location and that they were properly secured to prevent rolling. Secondly, there was a failure to provide suitable training, information and instruction to ensure that employees engaged in the task of delivering poles properly secured them so that they could not roll.

The company pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3 of the Health and Safety at work etc Act 1974 and was fined £160,000.

A representative of the HSE said: “This terrible and tragic incident led to the avoidable death of a child. This death could easily have been prevented if the risks involved had been properly managed, through the provision of safe systems of work and suitable training of employees. Sadly however, that was not the case.”

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