Construction firm BAM Nuttall has been fined £700,000 after an employee was run over and killed by a six-tonne dumper truck.
Inverness Sheriff Court heard that on 28 October 2016, at Blackhillock Substation in Keith, Moray, John Cameron was changing over a blade on a piece of work equipment at the side of a roadway when he was struck by the vehicle. He sustained serious pelvic injuries and died as a result.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that Bam Nuttall failed to adequately assess the risks to its employees whilst they were repairing and replacing equipment. It failed to provide a system of work in relation to the task being undertaken, which defined a place or places where the work could be carried out safely and which also segregated people from vehicles.
The company, which holds standard national operator licences in three traffic areas, authorising between 10 and 12 HGVs, pleaded guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act and was fined the six-figure sum.
Penny Falconer, HSE inspector, said: “This tragic incident led to the avoidable death of a man. This death could easily have been prevented if his employer had acted to identify and manage the risks involved, and to put a safe system of work in place.”