Sunday 21 January 2018

Worker died when dumper truck he was driving flipped over

Peter McAndrew. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins
Peter McAndrew. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Gareth Naughton

A verdict of misadventure was returned at the inquest of a man who was killed when the nine-tonne dumper he was driving without proper training or qualifications flipped over.

Father-of-four Peter McAndrew (44), of Muckerstaff, Co Longford, and originally Mayo, died from multiple injuries on September 22, 2008, after the dumper overturned into a culvert, trapping him beneath. The incident happened during construction of the M3 motorway near Dunshaughlin, Co Meath.

He was employed as a pipelayer by Q&F Roadway Contracting, who were brought in as sub-contractors on part of the M3 motorway construction project.

Dublin Coroner's Court previously heard that Mr McAndrew drove the dumper for two months before the accident even though he did not have the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card required by law.

Safety manager for the project, Elizabeth Hannon, told the court that if he had been seen driving the dumper by safety personnel, he would have been removed from the site for the duration of the project.

When asked how he came to be driving the dumper without a CSCS card, Ms Hannon said: "Non-adherence to site rules and a choice that the man made."

The court heard that a Health and Safety Authority (HSA) inspector visited the site three days before the accident but did not discover Mr McAndrew driving the dumper.

Coroner Dr Brian Farrell said that Mr McAndrew was not carrying the qualifying card to operate the dumper and was not trained. There were also issues regarding supervision with the evidence before the inquest unable to identify who Mr McAndrew was reporting to.

Returning a verdict of misadventure, the jury made a number of recommendations including the installation of protective cages on dumpers; clear and early identification of supervision roles and responsibilities; and that the HSA provide investigation reports in all such cases to the Coroner's Court.

Irish Independent

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