Young Man Hit by Mini Excavator on Building Site

Tragedy has struck a construction site in North Wales, claiming the life of a promising and successful young man.

A university lecturer was killed on a building site while he was attempting to clear rubble when he was hit by a mini excavator.

Eilir Hedd Morgan was an academic at the Bangor University and was just 29 years old. The young man was hit by the mini excavator and killed on a Monday afternoon on Llanrug.

Read what happened below, the post was taken from Dailypost.co.uk :

pix-image-4-440432580AN investigation has been launched after a university lecturer was killed in a building site incident.

 

It is understood that EilirHedd Morgan was helping to clear rubble on a patch of land in Llanrug when he was hit by a mini excavator.

 

Police say that the 29-year-old Bangor University academic died as a result of the incident which took place before 4pm on Monday afternoon.

 

A post mortem has been conducted and the circumstances of Mr Morgan’s death are still being investigated by North Wales Police and the Health and Safety Executive.

 

His family were too upset to speak to the Daily Post yesterday.

 

Llanrug councillor Charles Wyn Jones described the incident as a “real tragedy”.

 

He added: “Although he had not lived in the village for very long, it is very sad news that such a bright young man was struck down in the prime of his life.

 

“Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with his family at this very sad time.”

 

Source: http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/2013/04/03/university-lecturer-killed-in-building-site-incident-in-north-wales-55578-33108305/

From the information provided above on the incident, it is probable that the hazards associated with mini excavator use on the site were not properly considered and managed. There are a few precautions that need to be undertaken to control excavator hazards which include:

Exclusion is an important consideration when it comes to excavator operation. This involves keeping people away from areas of excavator operation by the provision of suitable barriers. Most excavator related deaths involve a person working in the vicinity of the excavator rather than the driver. Bunting or fencing can be used to create and maintain a pedestrian exclusion area. This was likely not done in the incident above.

Maintaining clearance when slewing in a confined area the selection of plant with minimal tail swing is preferred. Clearance of over 0.5m needs to be maintained between any part of the machine, particularly the ballast weight, and the nearest obstruction.

Also excavators with the best view around them directly from the driver position should be selected. Excavators should be equipped with adequate visibility aids to ensure drivers can see areas where people may be at risk from the operation of the machine so that they can avoid hitting into objects and pedestrians.

It is also vital that drivers be trained, certified and competent to operate the specific excavator they are going to operate.  Signallers too should be trained, competent and authorized to direct excavator movements and where possible provided with a protected position from which they can work in safety. Pedestrians on site must also be instructed in safe pedestrian routes on site and the procedure for making drivers aware of their presence. Had these precautions been taken, the young man would probably have been alive today.