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Construction firm admits safety breach after five-tonne digger tips over

Construction firm admits safety breach after five-tonne digger tips over

Monday 06 February 2023

Construction firm admits safety breach after five-tonne digger tips over

Monday 06 February 2023


A Jersey construction company has admitted putting one of its employees and members of the public at risk when a five-tonne digger "tipped over during a lifting operation" at a St. Brelade home, leading granite slabs to tumble down into Winston Churchill Park.

Appearing in the Royal Court on Friday, Hacquoil and Cook Ltd pleaded guilty to two counts of breaching health and safety legislation in February last year.

According to a court summons, the company failed to ensure the employee was "not exposed to risks to their safety" by failing to "provide and maintain a safe system of work" for lifting unsecured granite slabs using the Bobcat five-tonne excavator.

"As a result, the said excavator tipped over during a lifting operation exposing [the employee] to risks to his health and safety," the summons said.

The "unsafe manner" in which the excavator was being operated also resulted in granite slabs falling onto an embankment in Winston Churchill Park, placing members of the public at risk.

The firm, which also failed to provide necessary training, appeared in the Royal Court on Friday, when they pleaded guilty to the breach. The case was adjourned until 10:00 on 14 April for sentencing by the Inferior Number.

Deputy Bailiff Robert Macrae was presiding over proceedings.

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