Kier fined £1.8m after worker killed on road repair job

Grant Prior 6 months ago
Share

Kier and a road building subcontractor have been fined after a worker was fatally struck on a highways repair job near Lidgate in Suffolk.

Ipswich Magistrates’ Court heard that Kier Integrated Services Ltd was the principal contractor for the roadworks and Sean Hegarty Ltd was the subcontractor on surface repairs to the B1063 for Suffolk County Council.

On 13 May 2014, workers from Sean Hegarty Ltd were using a road planer to remove the old tar from the south bound side of the road, while the north bound side had traffic lights to control the direction of the traffic.

During this operation, the driver of the company’s flatbed lorry observed Aiden Gallagher lying in the road to the offside rear of his vehicle, which had been reversing slowing behind the road planer’s conveyor belt to collect the debris the planer scraped from the road surface.

The man was taken to hospital, but died of his extensive injuries.

The HSE prosecuted Kier Integrated Services Ltd and Sean Hegarty Ltd after an investigation found the companies failed to ensure that the operation of the road planer was carried out in such a manner to ensure vehicles and pedestrians could move safely around the roadworks.

Kier Integrated Services Ltd of Bedfordshire pleaded guilty to safety breaches abd was fined £1.8m and ordered to pay £12,405 in costs.

Sean Hegarty Ltd of Felixstowe also pleaded guilty and was fined £75,000 and ordered to pay £12,405 in costs.

A Kier statement said: “We acknowledge and accept the sentencing decision of the Court and wish to convey our sincerest sympathies to the family, friends and colleagues of Aiden Gallagher.

“Operating a safe and sustainable business is Kier’s number one priority and we regret that on this occasion our high standards were not met.

“We work collaboratively with our supply chain to strive for continual improvement in safety standards and to develop new approaches to safe working.”

Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector David King said: “The planning of roadworks needs to start by considering the design, and how road workers and members of the public will be protected from moving vehicles, this could mean road closures, reducing speed limits or other measures.

“Whatever the controls in place, those in the area need to have sufficient space, barriers and controls to ensure the risks to them are minimised.

“In this instance the only control measures in place were cones along the centre of the road, and traffic was allowed to pass at 60mph, close to the workers who were not provided with a safety zone given the lack of space.

“Had adequate controls and a safe system of work been in place this terrible incident could have been prevented.”

Latest news

McLaren lands new HQ for consultant Dar Group

John F Hunt to start demolition work in August to make way for new nine-storey scheme
26 mins ago

Fire destroys Kier restoration of Glasgow School of Art

Second major blaze in four years reduces £35m of repair work to ashes
2 days ago

Race starts to build £20m Basildon cinema complex

Basildon town centre’s planned East Square cinema complex up for grabs
4 hours ago

One in four MPs now back retention reform

Aldous Bill second reading delayed to October
3 hours ago

Late payment delays hit 42 days for subcontractors

Firms waiting longer for money despite raft of initiatives to speed up payment
4 hours ago

Mace wins £90m Tunbridge Wells civic centre complex

Mace to agree final design and build price in April 2019 on theatre and civic offices
14 hours ago

Caledonian wins £27m haul of MoD orders

Modular specialist ramps up production for MoD Lyneham and Worthy Down projects
3 hours ago

Forrest bags fifth X1 scheme at Chatham Docks

£58m Chatham Waters build to rent blocks get underway
4 hours ago

Mace slims down construction divisions

Former Carillion operations boss to head Mace major projects arm
3 days ago

Subcontractors write-off £2.8bn in bad debts every year

Average firm hit by £16,000 annually in unpaid bills
3 days ago

Pochin’s hires ex-Balfour boss to head construction arm

Jon Adams appointed managing director of Pochin Construction
3 days ago

Wates scoops £150m Birmingham office scheme

Work to start on phase one of Axis Square city centre scheme in February
4 days ago

Faulty tower scaffold led to fatal roof fall

Court hears how a catalogue of mistakes led to death plunge
3 days ago

UCL East starts race for £90m student blocks

Bidding starts for Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park student accommodation
4 days ago

Firefighters and sprinklers contain tower block blaze

Fire breaks out in London 20-storey block of flats on Grenfell anniversary
4 days ago

Heating engineer wins landmark workers rights battle

Pimlico Plumbers boss warns industry faces "tsunami" of self-employed claims
5 days ago

Network Rail ordered to spend an extra £1bn on renewals

Rail watchdog wants more spent replacing worn out rails and smoother spend over CP6
5 days ago

Site cleaners and chefs will no longer need skills cards

CSCS to phase out visitor cards for non construction staff
4 days ago

Costain moving to bigger construction technology centre

Contractor continues to ramp up investment in tech innovations
4 days ago

Green light for £150m Crawley mixed-use regeneration

Tenders due back this month for Crawley town centre rebuild
4 days ago

Wates on the hunt for South West subcontractors

Meet the Buyer event next month: Register now
4 days ago

Problem job sees Multiplex profit slump to £4.4m

Order book rises to £4.2bn on back of major tower projects
5 days ago

Boost your online presence – join the new Enquirer Directory

New site for suppliers and buyers will showcase their products, services and latest stories
2 months ago

Interserve sees shareholder revolt over chief’s pay

More than 17% of shareholders vote against executive remuneration report
5 days ago

Gatwick ramps up five-year spend to £1.1bn

Total investment since airport changed hands rises to £3.14bn
5 days ago

Betting Spy: Spain to reign at World Cup

Spain to edge out Brazil in final while England can have a bold run to the quarter finals
6 days ago

BAM to start main build on £50m Cardiff student centre

Construction to start this year on Centre for Student Life
5 days ago

Aston Villa shift training ground to make way for HS2

O'Brien appointed to pave way for construction of new pitches

Demolition to start for £22m Bristol student block

Work set to start on 9-storey Redcliffe Quarter student building
5 days ago

Crest Nicholson pulls back from London market

Crest to focus on costs and procurement after operating margins slide
6 days ago

Contractor services