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McAlpine and subcontractors fined after worker loses leg building Arsenal stadium

Three contractors have been hit with fines and costs totalling £84,000 after a worker helping build Arsenal’s Ashburton Grove stadium was run over and lost a leg.

Main contractor Sir Robert McAlpine was fined £19,000 while subcontractors McNicholas – now Skanska Utilities – and Maylim  were fined £17,000 and £18,000 respectively.

The three firms were ordered to pay costs of £10,000 each.

The incident occurred on 30 June 2005, when Michael O’Donovan, 41 from Bromley, was run over by a dumper truck.

The truck’s wheel drove over his right leg while he was kneeling to clean the shuttering used to form reinforced structures and pillars.

His injuries were so severe his leg required amputation above the knee. His pelvis was also fractured in the incident.

The City of London Magistrates’ Court heard the Health and Safety Executive investigation showed all three companies had failed to ensure vehicles and pedestrians were properly segregated on site.

It also found the cleaning of shuttering was neither properly planned nor carried out safely.

HSE inspector Loraine Charles said:  “Traffic needs to be managed effectively on all construction sites. Had proper controls been in place, this appalling incident would never have happened. As it is, Michael O’Donovan has suffered a severe injury and his life has been changed for ever.

“At construction sites, workers and vehicles need to be separated wherever reasonably practicable. There was no demarcation between the route the dumper took and areas where people could work or were working on this site. 

“None of these three companies had carried out a meaningful assessment of the risk to workers of being struck by plant in general and the dumper in particular.”

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