Balfour Beatty fined over worker's death on bridge project

27/02/2019
Chris Ames

Balfour Beatty Group has been fined £600,000 after a worker was fatally injured on a construction site in Scotland.

In January 2016, 58 year-old Ian Walker from Dundee was struck by a wheeled excavator, which was slewing after being refuelled at the construction site of the Third Don Crossing in Aberdeen. 

Aberdeen Sheriff Court heard that between 4 January 2016 and 13 January 2016 Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering Limited, being a principal contractor, failed to ensure that the safe system of work for refuelling of all plant and equipment was fully implemented, leading to the fatatliy

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that refuelling of plant and equipment was identified as a high risk activity by Balfour Beatty, who had created a task briefing document detailing a safe system of work and risk assessed the activity.

‘However, it is evident that although these procedures existed in documentary format the safe system of work and its control measures had not been fully implemented at the construction site,’ the HSE said.

Balfour Beatty pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 13(1) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 and was fined £600,000.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE principal inspector Niall Miller said: ‘This was a tragic and wholly avoidable incident, caused by the failure of the civil engineering company to implement safe systems of work, and to ensure that health and safety documentation was communicated and control measures followed.’

Balfour Beatty said it has offered its deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Mr Walker.

In a statement, it said: 'The safety of the public and our workforce is always our primary concern. Balfour Beatty immediately took appropriate corrective action to apply the lessons learnt from this tragic incident and shared them across our business.'

Picture copyright Bill Harrison

 

 

Latest Issue

latest magazine issue

INSIDE:

  • COP26: The sector reacts
  • Road pricing: Putting the theory into practice
View the latest issue


Highways jobs

Environmental Data Officer

£26,592
In this role you will collect, maintain and manage high quality energy and environmental data, and providing... Camden, London (Greater)
Recruiter: Camden London Borough Council

Senior Engineer - Highways Asset Maintenance

£39,854 to £43,741 (Pay Award Pending)
There’s never been a more exciting time to join Doncaster Council. Doncaster, South Yorkshire
Recruiter: Doncaster Council

Director of Environmental & Community Services

Up to £90,096 per annum
We seek an energetic and committed Director who has the right motivations and values; someone who is... Long Eaton, Nottingham
Recruiter: Erewash Borough Council

Transport Infrastructure Commissioning Officer

£30,451 to £34,728 per annum
We have a great opportunity in Somerset to join our Highways and Transport Service. Taunton, Somerset
Recruiter: Somerset County Council

Team Manager Band 3 – Environment Strategy & Change

£46,845 - £48,849 per annum
This is the perfect time to join St Helens and become part of our exhilarating journey and help build our legacy for the future. St Helens, Merseyside
Recruiter: St. Helens Metropolitan Borough Council

Noise and Nuisance Officer

£32,301 - £35,949 per annum
To be successful in the Noise and Nuisance Team you will need a genuine commitment to... Kensington and Chelsea, London (Greater)
Recruiter: The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Council

Team Manager Band 3 - Fleet, Depot & Security

£46,845 - £48,849 per annum
This is the perfect time to join St Helens and become part of our exhilarating journey and help build our legacy for the future. St Helens, Merseyside
Recruiter: St. Helens Metropolitan Borough Council

Minibus Driver

Hourly rate
North Yorkshire County Council
Recruiter: North Yorkshire County Council

Minibus Driver

Hourly rate
North Yorkshire County Council
Recruiter: North Yorkshire County Council

Minibus Driver

Hourly rate
North Yorkshire County Council
Recruiter: North Yorkshire County Council

Minibus Driver

Hourly rate
North Yorkshire County Council
Recruiter: North Yorkshire County Council

Minibus Driver

Hourly rate
North Yorkshire County Council
Recruiter: North Yorkshire County Council

Asset Manager

£42,821 - £46,845 per annum
The Highway Asset Manager is responsible for the strategic management of all the council’s highway assets... Blackburn, Lancashire
Recruiter: Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

Digital Evidence Officer

£25.137 - £26.520
The Digital Evidence (CCTV) Team are responsible for improving community safety outcomes throughout the Royal Borough of Greenwich by... Greenwich, London (Greater)
Recruiter: Royal Borough of Greenwich

Guaranteed Relief Cleaners North and South Kirklees Area

£9.25 per hour
Some of the key features and benefits of being part of the Kirklees Cleaning Service include... Kirklees, West Yorkshire
Recruiter: Kirklees Metropolitan Council

Group Engineer - Safety Design

£40,876 - £45,859
We are looking for an experienced engineer to join our Highways Safety Design team. Kirklees, West Yorkshire
Recruiter: Kirklees Metropolitan Council

Group Engineer - Highways Network Management

£40,876 - £45,859
Are you experienced engineer looking for an opportunity to improve the lives of the local people of our towns and village centres? Kirklees, West Yorkshire
Recruiter: Kirklees Metropolitan Council

Energy and Sustainability Officer

£37.722 - £40.869
The role will be key to successful progress of the Carbon Neutral Plan and setting the borough on the path to reaching the net zero target.  Greenwich, London (Greater)
Recruiter: Royal Borough of Greenwich

Transport Development Team Leader

£53,018 - £59,964 per annum + Staff Benefits
We're looking for an experienced and innovative engineer. Woking, Surrey
Recruiter: Surrey County Council

Principal Transport Planner

£43.860 - £46.839
We are looking for an experienced transport planner to lead crucial sections of the Transport Strategy Group’s work. Greenwich, London (Greater)
Recruiter: Royal Borough of Greenwich

Highways Presents

 

Highways on Fridays

Register now!

Latest Video