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Welsh contractor fined £80k after young worker killed in digger accident

Welsh construction company Macob Administration has been fined £80,000 after a 23-year-old worker suffered fatal head injuries at a site in Gloucestershire. 

The Bridgend-based company was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive after Lance Taylor, from Thornbury, Bristol, was killed while working on a construction site at Chestnut Walk in Abbeymead, Gloucester, on 11 February 2005.

Mr Taylor had been driving a mini digger − which the HSE said he was not qualified to operate – and unintentionally hit a lever as he leaned out of the cab window. Gloucester Crown Court heard the digging arm of the vehicle had been raised, crushing his head between the cab and the arm. 

He suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead on site.

HSE iInspector Martin Lee said: “This terrible incident highlights the extremely serious risks posed by equipment and vehicles on sites if the workers using them don’t have adequate training or are not versed in safe working procedures.

“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. As a result, the vehicles were accessible to anyone on site, regardless of their qualifications.”

Macob pleaded guilty to two breaches under the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations.  It was fined £40,000 for each charge and ordered to pay costs of £29,798.14.