Ground worker died after concrete manhole slipped
A civil engineering company has been fined £100,000 after a ground worker was fatally injured when a concrete drainage cover detached from a lifting chain while being lifted by an excavator.
Lewes Crown Court heard Daniel Yeowell was part of a team employed by Hague Construction Limited to construct and install drainage boxes at Langley Green Primary School in Crawley, West Sussex, in October 2013. Mr Yeowell was struck by the concrete cover while standing in the excavation area and later died as a result of severe head injuries.
HSE found Hague Construction failed to properly plan the lifting operation and failed to supply its workers with the correct equipment to carry out the work. The lifting chains used were too long for the task and were not attached safely either to the cover or the excavator.
Hague Construction Limited of Rochester in Kent pleaded guilty to breaching section 2(1) of the HSWA 1974. In addition to the fine was ordered to pay HSE’s prosecution costs of £16,918 at a sentencing hearing on 21 April 2017.