Carillion fined £180k after motorcyclist paralysed

Grant Prior 4 years ago
Share

Road maintenance specialist Carillion AM Government has been fined £180,000 after a motorcyclist was left paralysed following a collision with traffic signs.

Glynn Turner, 47, from Ipswich, was riding his motorcycle south on the A12 on the evening of 7 June 2010 when he collided with the traffic signs at a road closure at the junction with the B1121, near Benhall, Saxmundham.

Turner, a father of three, sustained multiple injuries. He is now unable to move any part of his body, is unable to communicate, and needs 24-hour residential care. His family have been told there is no prospect of a recovery.

An HSE investigation found that the first indication of roadworks was less than 200 metres before the road closure on the 50 mph stretch of the A12.

Ipswich Crown Court heard that the company was responsible for placing a series of road signs warning of the closure and directing traffic along a diversion route.

The ‘roadworks ahead’ signs should have been erected at intervals of around 800, 400 and 200 metres in advance of the closure, and information signs alerting road users should have also been placed at up to one kilometre in advance.

HSE found that at the time, the first indication of the road closure was just 175 metres before it happened where a large yellow information board had been placed.

But, as the speed limit on that stretch of road was 50mph, this left little time for traffic to slow down and avoid a collision.

Carillion AM Government Ltd, of Birch Street, Wolverhampton, pleaded guilty to a safety breach and was fined a total of £180,000 and ordered to pay £28,551 in costs.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Sandy Carmichael said: “This was a tragic incident that was utterly life-changing, not just for Mr Turner but also for his wife and family.

“He was an experienced driver who travelled that route regularly between his home in Ipswich and his work in Sizewell.

“Had Carillion complied with the industry’s code of practice and correctly placed temporary warning signs to alert motorists in good time to the roadworks, this dreadful incident could have been avoided.

“Sadly, as a result of the company’s failure to take simple safety measures, road users were put at serious risk and Mr Turner was so badly injured that he has been left completely paralysed.

“Roadworks provide increased risk in what is already a very hazardous environment. Anyone doing work on our roads must take great care to warn road users in good time what to expect on the road ahead.”

Latest news

Interserve likely to breach banking covenants

Interserve in talks with banks as rising cost of exiting energy from waste prompts another profit warning
19 hours ago

Aarsleff MD exits in management shake-up

Danish parent company to refocus UK business
16 hours ago

Betting Spy: West Ham can shock Spurs in the cup

Price is too big on visitors who could face a Tottenham second string
6 hours ago

Lagan on the hunt for new North West suppliers

Open day next week to highlight work opportunities: Register now
11 hours ago

Hinkley chief buyer joins Murphy

Laing O'Rourke procurement head Ian Holcroft joins rival contractor
1 day ago

Marshalls expands in drainage market with CPM acquisition

Building products giant buys concrete pipe specialist for £38m
19 hours ago

Lovell poaches Quintain director for London MD role

Ben Giddens joins as London regional managing director
1 day ago

Amey highways drivers wear anti-dozing collars

Contractor trials range of wearable technology to make workplaces safer
19 hours ago

Skanska schools director joins Wates

Martin Kramer joins Wates as Home Counties pre-construction director
2 days ago

Clugston to start £13m Leeds College of Building job

Phase 2 of Hunslet Campus in Leeds gets underway
1 day ago

Architect trio advance £200m Gateshead Quay plan

Plan for conference and exhibition centre to be submitted by the end of next year
2 days ago

O’Rourke firms fined £3.8m after concrete factory death

Court hears how worker was crushed by 11 tonne concrete panel

Lendlease profit rebounds despite Scottish problems

UK construction business returns to strong profit
2 days ago

McAlpine to start HMRC office at Cardiff central square

Work to start on fourth major office build at £400m city centre regen scheme
2 days ago

Prime Minister summons house builders to strategy meeting

Theresa May looks to boost construction levels
2 days ago

Muse leads £75m Dartford town regen scheme

Work to start in spring 2019 on Westgate mixed-use scheme
2 days ago

BAM submits £32m Jedburgh campus plan

Work to start in spring on borders all-through school campus
2 days ago

Trio picked for Midlands multi-storey parking plan

Bourne Parking, Blackwells and Dawnus in line for multi-storey park and ride programme
2 days ago

Multiplex staff let go as sites run down

Site office teams broken up as schemes nearing completion
3 days ago

Bouygues set for £300m Cavendish physics lab

Cambridge University awards first contract under new framework
3 days ago

Murphy to install 60km underground power cable

Contractor to smash UK record for horizontal drilling
3 days ago

McMullen lands £11m cladding package from O’Rourke

Specialist to start on site in April at Liverpool cancer hospital
3 days ago

Bellway delivers 11% rise in home completions

Bellway plans to open new division in the north as demand surges
3 days ago

Mace seeks to boost transport consultancy

Mace makes two senior appointments to drive airport and highways work
3 days ago

Lidl to build its largest UK warehouse in Peterborough

New £80m warehouse is discount giant's 6th to be announced this year
3 days ago

Concrete problems hit Hinkley Point tunnels

Material needs to be replaced after failing quality checks at nuclear plant
4 days ago

Interserve lenders call in advisers amid cash crunch fears

Interserve says work underway to give greater clarity on current trading and provisions
4 days ago

Balfour/Mott seals £115m area 10 road upkeep extension

Highways England opts to extend Area 10 assets support contract
4 days ago

Morgan Sindall nets £16m fisheries HQ

Existing Cefas buildings in Lowestoft will be refurbished before new office is built
4 days ago

Construction growth to stagnate next year

Construction faces recession if promised infrastructure spend delayed
4 days ago

Contractor services