A Scottish construction firm have been fined £10,000 after an Charles Wilkinson, an employee, sustained fatal injuries in a workplace accident. Charles Wilkinson was hit by a telehandler when it was being reversed the wrong way along a one-way street. Charles Wilkinson was on the pavement. The telehandler mounted the pavement and struck him causing him to sustain serious injuries. Charles Wilkinson was released from hospital but later died after sustaining a blot clot, which was caused by the injuries he sustained.
It has been reported that the accident was one, which ought to have been avoided. The site transport manager ought to have minimized the need for reversing and were reversing was necessary reversing aids should have been used. If the areas on site for pedestrians and vehicles were segregated clearly then the accident would not have happened.
I wish construction firms would take their duties in terms of the health and safety laws seriously and make sure all of their workers are safe at all times. It makes me angry to think that if the construction firm had done their job properly this accident could have been avoided.
My heart goes out to the friends and family of Charles Wilkinson.