Construction firm fined after death of worker

Construction companies have been warned that they may face injury compensation claims and fines if they do not ensure their sites are safe, after the death of a worker in Gloucestershire.

Lance Taylor, 23, was driving a mini-digger which he was unqualified to operate at a construction site in Abbeymead, Gloucester in 2005.

He unintentionally hit a lever as he leaned out the cab window, causing the digging arm of the vehicle to raise, crushing his head between the cab and the arm.

Macob Administration was fined GBP 40,000 for each charge against it and ordered to pay costs of nearly GBP 30,000.

"Mr Taylor and other site workers were not all properly trained to use the equipment they were handling and, just as seriously, vehicle keys were routinely left in the machines," commented Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector Martin Lee.

It follows news that clothing importer Citytex UK has been fined GBP 10,000 by the HSE after part of its building collapsed in London.ADNFCR-2070-ID-19560970-ADNFCR

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