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Safety Alert – Fatality after plant overturns

Construction worker dies after tragic incident in Lincoln. Work had been ongoing to build a four-storey apartment block, which used to be the site of a garage. It is understood the man became trapped under an overturned tipper.

13 January 2020

As you may be aware a 23-year-old man has died after a construction incident at a central Lincoln development site. Work had been ongoing to build a four-storey apartment block, which used to be the site of a garage. It is understood the man became trapped under an overturned tipper.

Police are working with the Health and Safety Executive to establish the circumstances of the fatal incident.

After a terrible event such as this, it is a stark reminder that every day operations such as operating a dumper can never be taken for granted.

There are a number of safety control measures that can be undertaken to help prevent fatalities. Please see the list below and ensure these measures are in place when operating dumpers to prevent any such incidents occurring on your site.

We can provide a tool box talk which can be held with operatives to highlight the hazards with this type of plant. Please get in touch should you wish to receive a copy of this tool box talk.

Here are some safety rules for dumpers and other plant:

  • Always ensure seatbelt is worn with no exceptions – even if getting on and off the dumper regularly
  • Dumper to have roll over protection installed
  • Ensure the site conditions and traffic routes are appropriate for the plant being operated
  • No personnel to be in close proximity of operating plant, keep pedestrians and site vehicles such as dumpers segregated, wherever possible providing pedestrian-only routes.
  • When dumpers are loaded the parking brake should be applied, engine off and operator to stand at a safe distance away until loading completed
  • Only trained and competent personnel to operate Dumpers
  • Do not operate dumpers in close proximity to excavations or other underground structures which could be weakened
  • Ensure plant holds in date service records and documented daily / weekly inspections
  • Ensure all plant has in place LOLER and PUWER certification
  • Ensure Dumpers are operated in accordance with the Safe System of Work (method statement) and risk assessment
  • Maintain traffic routes to minimise potholes, ruts, debris and other obstructions
  • Avoid slopes, including slopes across the direction of travel. If slopes cannot be avoided, check manufacturer’s information to ensure the dumper can negotiate the slopes safely.
  • Speed should be kept to a minimum on rough ground.
  • Where traffic routes pass close to the edge of an excavation, embankment or other drop, make sure that the edge of the roadway is supported where necessary and provide a suitable barrier to prevent vehicles accessing near to the edge
  • Position stop blocks a safe distance from the edges of excavations, pits, spoil heaps etc. to prevent dumpers falling during tipping.

If you have any questions on anything here at all feel free to get in touch

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