Fatal construction accident may lead to compensation claim

The family of a man who died after being crushed by a lorry in an accident at work could launch a compensation claim against his former employers.

David Vickers, 37, of Walton Yorkshire, was loading a skip onto the back of a lorry at Adis Scaffolding's Duckmanton site when the fatal accident happened.

Judges at Derby Crown Court heard that he exited the cab of his truck so he could stabilise part of the crane system before he raised the skip onto the back of a flatbed truck.

However, when he did this the vehicle overturned and crushed him. Paramedics who rushed to the scene were unable to revive him and he died at the building site.

After the accident the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) were called in by authorities to determine what happened and found the skip was hooked onto the lip of a base plate rather than the catch bar.

This meant it tipped normally until reaching a certain point, at which it broke free and swung out - causing the front of the vehicle to lift off the ground and crush Mr Vickers.

HSE investigators also found there was no safe system for workers to adhere to when raising skips and there were not enough risk assessments completed by the company.

Inspector Edward Walker, working for the HSE, said: "The failings by Adis Scaffolding Limited were substantial, ranging from unsuitable equipment, an inadequate risk assessment, inadequate training and instruction, and an absence of safe systems of work.

"These failings led to a situation where things went badly wrong, and where David was placed in an impossible situation. His tragic death could easily have been avoided with better planning, management and foresight."

Adis Scaffolding, now in liquidation, has pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. It was fined £300,000 and ordered to pay £124,468 in costs.

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