Construction boss jailed after worker buried in trench

Grant Prior 2 years ago
Share

A contracting boss has been jailed for six months after an employee was killed when a trench collapsed on him.

Swansea Crown Court heard how a company owned by William Ryan Evans was contracted to construct a drainage field comprising of infiltration pipes laid at the bottom of deep trenches.

He employed two workers and a subcontractor excavator to undertake the work on a housing site at Longstone Farm, in Pembrokeshire.

Hywel Glyndwr Richards, 54, entered the trench to remove a clump of soil that had fallen into the trench when it collapsed, burying him. He died at the scene.

An HSE investigation into the incident which occurred on 26 June 2012 found that the work was not planned appropriately and the risk assessment was not suitable or sufficient.

The workers were not appropriately trained and suitable equipment to a prevent collapse was not provided.

Evans, of Twr, Trelech, Carmarthenshire was found guilty of safety breaches and was given a six month custodial sentence.

HSE Inspector Phil Nicolle said: “This tragic incident could have been prevented by undertaking a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risks, providing the correct equipment or safe working methods to the workers and managing and monitoring the work to ensure it was done safely.

“Work in excavations needs to be properly planned, managed and monitored to ensure no one enters an excavation deeper than 1.2m without adequate controls in place to prevent a collapse.”

Hywel Richards’ family said: “Dad was an integral part of our family, the glue that kept us all together. Our family was devastated by his sudden death. We have wondered so many times why this has happened to us, we were meant to grow up with Dad as our guide; the man we looked up to and loved so much.

“Family gatherings and celebrations, once joyous occasions, are now ruined because dad is not there. Today, and for the rest of our lives, we are mourning the loss of dad, our best friend, our confidant and protector. Quite simply, he has left a space that will never be filled. We hope that lessons will be learned from dad’s death.”

Latest news

B&K wins £54m Wembley student halls project

First Way student blocks will provide 680 student rooms
2 hours ago

Carillion redundancy payouts to top £65m

True cost to taxpayer of Carillion collapse starts to emerge
10 hours ago

Taxpayers to bail out Royal Liverpool hospital project

Ministers expected to announce bailout after hospital trust meeting today
16 hours ago

Beard wins £11.5m Oxford college centre

Works start on Wadham College undergraduate and access centre
5 hours ago

Farnham 252-room student scheme out to bid

University for the Creative Arts gets green light for student digs
11 hours ago

Former Newham council chief executive to join McLaren

Kim Bromley-Derry joins board as construction shake-up sees Dave Smith leave for Balfour Beatty
1 day ago

New McCarthy & Stone boss plans to reboot business

Cost-cutting programme to save £40m a year by 2021
14 hours ago

Plan in for 8m sq ft Northampton rail freight interchange

Vast freight terminal plan near junction 15a of M1
16 hours ago

Client collapse tips Dawnus into the red

Dawnus still counting cost of delayed Dorset hotel job
16 hours ago

Ardmore lands £50m Greenwich Design District deal

Sixteen new buildings from eight different design practices to be constructed next to O2
1 day ago

Build-to-rent tower advance reaches Glasgow

Plan in for £90m Glasgow waterfront scheme
16 hours ago

London Gallions Reach phase 2 approved

Galliford Try gets nod for trio of housing blocks
1 day ago

Ringway lands £245m Gloucestershire highways deal

Contractor wins pothole repair race from Skanska and Alun Griffiths
1 day ago

Willmott homes arm fined £1.25m over flue gas exposure

Court hears how residents were put at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning
4 days ago

Plan for £250m urban village on Newcastle Quayside

Enabling works for Quayside West could be started by next spring
2 days ago

Kier gets start date for delayed £50m Sheffield Uni hub

Work to start on new social sciences building after 12-month delay
2 days ago

£100m Aberdeen Broadford Works village plan approved

Demolition work to start at historic former textile factory site
4 days ago

Willam Hare struggles to restore steelwork margins

Sales up 10% to £158m but operating margin around 1%
2 days ago

Liverpool wants contractors for £280m highways deal

Council looking to appoint 12 firms to framework after terminating deal with Amey
2 days ago

Eggborough gas-fired power station gains consent

Work could start by summer next year at North Yorkshire site
4 days ago

Go-ahead for £160m Leeds Monk Bridge scheme

McAlpine is on board as preferred contractor for the project
5 days ago

Opinion: Safety fines are getting out of control

We need more effective ways to improve safety than ever higher penalties
5 days ago

Shake-up for £2.9bn MoD hard FM contracts

Post-Carillion bid race for MoD estate and housing regional FM contracts
5 days ago

Wates set to start on £53m Portsmouth sports centre

Contractor understood to have won contract race for new university complex
6 days ago

Lack of skilled roofers prompts Marley new launch

Easy to install roofing roll compensates for lack of skilled workers
5 days ago

Caddick takes workforce plastic-free

Workers given aluminium drinks bottles in bid to bin single-use plastics
5 days ago

Wates wins 7th Leeds Wellington Place job

Work will start of £35m 4 Wellington Place project next month
5 days ago

Kier targets £50m disposals to cut £375m debt

Firm sets out debt reduction plan in robust year-end results
6 days ago

Betting Spy: Spurs to shrug off recent troubles

Tottenham can kick-start a win treble with Leicester and Crystal Palace
5 days ago

Keltbray concrete structures boss exits

Keltbray Structures MD Gordon Dunne on gardening leave
6 days ago

Contractor services