Company fined after man seriously injured on Cheltenham building site

Swindon based firm John O’Flynn Developments Limited was fined after it was found that it had failed to put adequate safety measures in place on a Cheltenham building site. A groundworker was struck by a vehicle as it delivered aggregates to a development off Tommy Taylor’s Lane in August 2012.

The groundworker suffered serious injuries to his leg,was airlifted to hospital and was unable to work for several weeks.

It was found by the Cheltenham Magistrates Court that the company had not done enough to segregate workers on the ground from moving vehicles.

A HSE inspector commented: “Despite the known risks of allowing vehicles unrestricted access on construction sites, numerous vehicles had to pass through the area where the injured worker and others were positioned to make deliveries. There were no measures in place to safety segregate workers from vehicles, and as the worker had his back to the reversing vehicle….the Company failed to implement basic and an employee was seriously injured as a result.”