Case Study #6

Date of Offence
Date of Hearing
Breach of
Health and Safety At Work Act 1974, Section 2, Sub Section 1


Details of Incident

The incident occurred when an excavator reversed over and killed a worker in a slow sand filter. The risk assessments in place were insufficient; however, they did identify some control measures. The company failed to implement the measures they had identified to control the risk of collision between plant and pedestrians during the profiling process. The company also had not instructed or supervised those working in the filter beds to ensure that they understood the safe system of work. There was no site rule that was enforced or monitored that required pedestrians and vehicles to be separated from each other. Workers did not wear high-visibility garments. The excavator was not equipped with effective rear view mirrors, reversing aids or a reversing alarm.

How Safety PAL would have prevented this

Safety PAL has been designed to enable users to upload documentation such as risk assessments and record when those involved with the job have read and understood them. In addition, Safety PAL can record and upload documents that identify when health and safety inspections take place to ensure the work is being completed in line with associated documentation. This will also identify the frequency of inspections and any non-compliance issues.