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Worker killed when skip lorry fell on him Operator: Adis

20th June 2013, Page 15
20th June 2013
Page 15
Page 15, 20th June 2013 — Worker killed when skip lorry fell on him Operator: Adis
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Scaffolding Matter: Health and safety Hearing: Derby Crown Court ADIS SCAFFOLDING has been fined £300,000 after a driver was killed when his skip lorry fell on top of him In a prosecution brought by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Derby Crown Court was told that David Vickers, 37 was tipping a skip containing construction and demolition waste at the Adis Scaffolding site in Duckmanton, Derbyshire, in July 2008. He had left the cab to deploy the stabilising rear outriggers before raising a skip using the lifting arms.

As he raised the skip the vehicle overturned and landed on top of him, causing fatal injuries. He died at the scene.

An HSE investigation found that the skip wasn't hooked properly; the hooks were engaging on the lip of a base plate rather than a catch bar as they should have been.

The skip tipped normally until it reached an angle of about 70', at which point it broke free and swung out backwards causing the front of the vehicle to lift several feet off the ground. The offside outrigger retracted causing the lorry to tip over.

Adis Scaffolding, now in liquidation, but formerly of Queen Street, Sheffield, was fined £300,000 and ordered to pay £124,468 in costs after pleading guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

Summing up There was no safe system of work, including how to handle mis-hooks and other foreseeable problems. There was also inadequate training and instruction, skip lorry controls were not marke4 and the risk assessment for loading and unloading skips fell short of identifying all significant risks and controls.

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