Sheffield Crown Court heard how RMB Contractors Ltd was laying a new concrete slab at Ballast Phoenix Ltd in Sheffield in December 2014. During ground preparation an old cable duct had to be dug out before the concrete could be laid. A 21-tonne tracked excavator was being used to dig out the duct; parked behind it was a stationary dumper truck.
RMB Contractors Ltd of Belper in Derbyshire pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. It was fined £75,000 and ordered to pay £24,482.80 costs.
HSE inspector Medani Close said after the hearing: “Back-to-back plant activities should be avoided as both pedestrians and vehicles could be put at a higher risk of coming into contact with each other.
“If the two separate work activities cannot be avoided, then the area should be safeguarded and effectively managed with segregation in place, for example using fencing or barriers to delineate the ‘no go’ areas for pedestrians.”