Inverness Sheriff Court heard that a construction worker was changing over a blade on a piece of work equipment at the side of a roadway when they were run over by a six- tonne dumper. They sustained serious pelvic injuries and died as a result.
An HSE investigation found that the construction company failed to adequately assess the risks to their employees whilst they were repairing and replacing equipment. They failed to provide a system of work in relation to this task which defined a place or places where such work could be carried out safely and which segregated people from vehicles.
The construction company pleaded guilty to breaching Sections 2 and 33(1)(a) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and was fined £700,000.
After the hearing, HSE inspector said: “This tragic incident led to the avoidable death of a man. This death could easily have been prevented if his employer had acted to identify and manage the risks involved, and to put a safe system of work in place.”