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Clancy Docwra Hit With £1 Million Fatality Fine

Kevin Campbell was struck by an excavator mounted vibrator on a Clancy Docwra run site and was killed.

Clancy Docwra and one of its employees have been sentenced after a worker was struck by an excavator and was killed. The company was fined £1 million and ordered to pay costs of £108,502.30.

Southwark Crown Court heard how, on 2 March 2014, during night work at a construction site in Stratford, a site operative, Kevin Campbell, was struck by an excavator mounted vibrator (EMV) attached to a 35-tonne excavator that he was working in close proximity to. Campbell had been disconnecting lifting accessories from a metal pile that had just been extracted from the ground when he was crushed against a concrete wall a short distance away. He died from his injuries. Another site operative who was directly next to him also faced a risk of being struck.

 

Investigation

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive found the construction company and principal contractor (Clancy Docwra Limited) failed to ensure the safety so far as was reasonably practicable of its employees and of others who were not their employees working on the site. The investigation also found that Daniel Walsh, who was the site supervisor for the site and the person operating the excavator at the time, failed to take reasonable care for other persons on site.

Although Clancy Docwra pleaded not guilty, the companywas convicted of breaching Section 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health & Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. Daniel Walsh pleaded not guilty to breaching Section 7(a) of the Health & Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and was given a 6 month custodial sentence, suspended for 12 months and ordered to pay costs of £15,000.

 

Company and individual responsibility

Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Darren Alldis said: “This death was wholly preventable and serves as a reminder as to why it is so important for companies and individuals to take their responsibilities to protect others seriously and to take the simple actions necessary to eliminate and minimise risks.

“Informing all site operatives of the specific risks they face and the control measures required of exclusion zones, the importance of communication and the mandatory use of excavator safety levers were simple actions that should have been put in place and their effectiveness monitored."

 

Clancy Group

A spokesperson for Clancy Group told ThisWeekinFM: “The effects of this tragic accident have been felt across our business. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies remain with Kevin Campbell, his family and friends at this difficult time.

“We have a responsibility to strive towards an ever-safer construction sector.  As a business, we continue to invest in training, equipment and technology to protect our teams in their work and guard against an incident like this occurring again.”

 

Picture: Kevin Campbell was struck by an excavator mounted vibrator on a Clancy Docwra run site and was killed.

Article written by Brian Shillibeer

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