One of the hazardous situations which are often overlooked on construction sites are those presented when machinery, vehicles or equipment break down and people are brought in to repair these items. Maintenance and repair of vehicles and equipment on construction sites presents its own risks which is why those responsible for the site and the repairs, need to have safe work plans in place to avoid incidents taking place where people are injured and even killed. Such a construction accident has taken place at the world’s busiest airport, Heathrow involving a contractor and a dump truck.
The accident happened when a mobile hoist failed and was being repaired by the victim. A dumper truck which was also in operation at the time, collided with the worker, resulting in his death.
According to reports in the media, the accident happened on 2 October 2014 on a construction project at Heathrow Airport controlled by Laing O’Rourke. The fatal accident apparently occurred on the Terminal 2 multi storey car park project where the victim was struck by a dumper truck while working on the night shift.
The accident occurred after a mobile hoist broke down on the site and a colleague was using a dumper truck to shift the hoist when the truck hit into the victim. The man died at the scene.
According to an article on PPConstructionSafety.com the incident unfolded as follows:
“Police were called by London Ambulance Service at 04:46hrs on Thursday, 2 October to Cayley Road, close to the Ground Floor Car Park at Terminal 2, Heathrow Airport, following reports of a road traffic collision.
Officers attended and found a man in his thirties suffering serious injuries following a collision with a truck. The man died at the scene a short while later at 05:45hrs. Next of kin have been informed but we await formal identification.
The driver of the truck stopped at the scene. It is not believed that any other vehicles were involved. HSE has been informed and enquiries are under way into the circumstances surrounding the incident.”
It is understood the £77m car park job is just weeks away from completion and hand over
Even those workers who aren’t involved directly in the activity of building but whose jobs take them onto a construction site are at risk of serious injuries, as the incident above highlights and must undergo the necessary safety training, including White Card training according to federal law.
It is also important to remember that according to federal law anyone whose work brings them to a construction site regularly, such as construction vehicle and equipment mechanics must undergo the General Construction Induction course known as The White Card.
Even mechanics working on the heavy vehicles and machinery used for construction need to undergo this training and it is in their best interest to do so as the incident mentioned above proves.