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Aberdeen bypass: ‘Concerns’ over flipped bulldozer

A Scottish MP has told CN that the overturning of a bulldozer on the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR) raised “concerns” about the site.

Construction News has seen evidence that a bulldozer overturned on the £745m scheme last month.

Transport Scotland said the joint venture delivering the bypass, comprising Balfour Beatty and Galliford Try, had confirmed an incident had taken place on 14 June, and that no one had been injured.

The client said it was unable to comment further, as an investigation into the event was ongoing.

Labour MSP for Aberdeen Lewis Macdonald told CN: “This is the kind of incident that would raise concerns about any construction site.

“It’s really important that the public body regulating this is taking these issues seriously.”

The news follows a CN investigation into health and safety on the AWPR in which staff told CN they had quit over fears that there would be a fatality on the project.

Internal data obtained by CN as part of the investigation showed overturned vehicles were a repeat occurrence on the project.

CN’s findings were raised with Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon, who said responsibility for safety on the £745m Aberdeen bypass “rests with the contractor”.

A Transport Scotland spokesperson said: “[Aberdeen Roads Limited] ARL has confirmed an incident did occur on site on 14 June 2018 and that no one was injured.

“Circumstances of the incident are being investigated and it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.

“As is routine, any lessons learnt as a result of this review will be shared with the workforce and applied across the site.”

“The safety of the local community and the workforce is of the utmost importance to Transport Scotland and the project contractor, Aberdeen Roads Limited.

“We are working together to ensure the highest health and safety standards are applied across the site.“

A Health and Safety Executive spokesperson said: “Our inspectors have not been made aware of any injuries or deaths in relation to the incident.”

Balfour Beatty and Galliford Try said they were unable to comment directly due to the partnering nature of the project.

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