Death of construction worker highlights site dangers

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Death of construction worker highlights site dangers

1st April 2010

A construction company has been found guilty of health and safety breaches following the death of one of its workers in December 2007.

An employee of Kent-based E. J. Construction drowned when the site dumper he was driving came off a temporary roadway, drove into a flooded quarry and overturned. The company was recently fined £20,000 at Maidstone Crown Court, after being found guilty of breaching regulations.

Karl Tonks, a work accident specialist at Fentons Solicitors LLP, said the tragic case demonstrated that workplace incidents involving transport were nearly always avoidable.

"Reports suggest that had sufficient edging been in place on the temporary road, the chances of the vehicle coming off would have been dramatically reduced and in this case a life may have been saved," said Karl, a partner at the firm.

"Employers have a duty of care for their employees and this dreadful incident highlights the dangers faced all too often by those in the construction industry.

"We have acted on behalf of a number of clients who have been seriously injured at work as a result of employer negligence. The effect these kinds of incidents can have one someone's life is dramatic and greater risk management is key to safer workplaces."

How can Fentons Solicitors help?
Fentons has a specialist department experienced in handling claims for victims of accidents in the workplace.

If you think that you have a case or require further information contact Fentons on 0800 0191 297 or fill in the online claims questionnaire.

Source - HSE