News Cornish Construction Firm Fined After Worker Losses Both Legs Dumper Truck Crushing Incident

Cornish construction company MJL Contractors Ltd has been fined for safety failings after a worker had both legs amputated following a dumper truck crushing incident while working on a site in Perranporth.

Roger Daw was operating a fully loaded front tipping dumper on his employer’s site in Liskey Hill. After driving the dumper down an incline, it became imbalanced and overturned.

The 58-year-old from Plymouth, who appears to have not been wearing a seatbelt, was thrown from the vehicle, which landed on his legs and crushed him.

Daw was airlifted to hospital where they had to amputate both of his legs.

Truro Crown Court heard that the specific type of truck being used was not appropriate for the task but no-one on site had assessed the plant equipment’s limitations.

The Health and Safety Executive investigation found MJL Contractors Ltd had also not carried out an assessment for any of their drivers or their competence in using the plant equipment.

MJL Contractors Ltd, Hellys Court, Water Ma Trout Industrial Estate, Helston Cornwall, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. They were fined £200,000 and ordered to pay costs of £12,312.56.

HSE inspector Jo-Anne Michael said: “Roger Daw’s life has been changed forever. If MJL Contractors Ltd had planned the work properly, assessed the equipment and the drivers this incident would not have happened.

“Companies must learn that risk assessments are there to protect their workers from the real risk that mobile plant can become unstable.

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