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Firm fined £600K following ‘tragic and wholly avoidable’ incident

A civil engineering contractor has been fined £600,000 after a construction worker was fatally injured in a “tragic and wholly avoidable incident” during a major project.

A civil engineering company have appeared in court after the tragic death of a workerBalfour Beatty Civil Engineering Limited, based in Canary Wharf, London, appeared at Aberdeen Sheriff Court yesterday (25th February 2019) where they pleaded guilty to breaching the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 in relation to the incident, which occurred on 13th January 2016 at a construction site for the Third Don Crossing in Aberdeen.

The court heard how an employee of Balfour Beatty Group Employment Limited was struck on the body by a wheeled excavator, which was slewing after being refuelled.

As the Principal Contractor working on the construction project, Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering Limited was responsible for ensuring that there was a safe system of work for refuelling of all plant and equipment and that this was fully implemented and adhered to at all times at the site.

The company had documented safe systems of work but not implemented them fullyAn investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), acknowledged that the company had identified the refuelling of plant and equipment as a high risk activity, had created a task briefing document which detailed a safe system of work and had risk assessed the activity. Sadly, however, they had not ensured that the safe system of work and related control measures that had been documented in procedures had been fully implemented at the site, and this failing led to the death of the worker.

Commenting on the case, HSE Principal Inspector Niall Miller said: “This was a tragic and wholly avoidable incident, caused by the failure of the civil engineering company to implement safe systems of work, and to ensure that health and safety documentation was communicated and control measures followed.”

First Response Training (FRT) is a leading national training provider. They deliver a wide range of high-quality training courses to over 70,000 learners annually, working with thousands of organisations and businesses across all sectors.

FRT provide health and safety training in a wide range of subjectsTheir diverse portfolio includes training in the fields of health and safety, first aid, fire safety, food hygiene and safety, health and social care, early years and schools and other special focus topics.

Their health and safety range includes training for employees, managers and supervisors and they also offer externally approved options from bodies such as IOSH and Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance (HABC).

They can provide training in topics such as the Principles of Health and Safety, Managing and Supervising Safely, Managing and Supervising Risk and Working at Height, among many other topics.

A spokesperson from FRT, says: “Any life lost a work is a tragedy and companies must understand that it is not enough to have health and safety policies and procedures written down if these are not followed on a day-to-day basis.

Health and safety should be a core part of your business culture“Health and safety isn’t something to consider periodically when you establish documentation or need to put people through training; it should be part of your business values and ethos all the time and is about instilling a positive culture of workplace safety throughout your business.

“In our training courses we focus on a common sense, proportionate approach to safety with measures to protect people on a daily basis as they go about their work.

“Health and safety is like a living and breathing part of your business – it should be constantly on the agenda and constantly evolving.”

For more information on the training services that FRT can provide, please call them today on freephone 0800 310 2300 or send an e-mail to


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