Jail for Excavator Driver

A Glasgow man has been jailed for accidentally killing a fellow worker in Blantyre with a digger.

On 7th May 2016, Robert Harvey was operating an excavator when his employee, Nicholas Hall was crushed against a wall by the excavator bucket, causing fatal injuries.

Harvey, who the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found was not appropriately trained to use the excavator, pleaded guilty to breaching health and safety legislation. He was jailed for 10 months at Hamilton Sheriff Court.

The workers had been engaged by Harvey’s company, Front Row Builders at an Industrial Estate in Blantyre.

Mr Hall was pinned against the wall by the excavator bucket and died of blunt force injuries to his chest and abdomen.A HSE investigation found Harvey was operating the excavator without appropriate training or certification and had failed to carry out a sufficient risk assessment.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Helen Diamond said: “Those in control of work have a responsibility to devise safe methods of working and to provide the necessary information, instruction and training to their workers in the safe system of working. If a suitable safe system of work had been in place prior to the incident, the death of this worker could have been prevented.”

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