Runaway dumper traps worker in trench
Grant Prior | Construction Enquirer
South End Magistrates’ Court heard how a site dumper was parked at a slight incline on a heap of excavated soil, adjacent to a partially backfilled trench.
The dumper had been left unattended with the engine running when the failure of its handbrake caused it to roll forward into the trench and pin a worker against a pile of stacked concrete blocks.
The worker suffered six broken ribs, a collapsed lung, multiple arm fractures and a broken nose.
An HSE investigation into the incident, which occurred on 24 February 2017, found the company had failed to regularly inspect and maintain the handbrake of the dumper, to ensure it remained effective…(Read the full story)