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The importance of site segregation with regards to health and safety

Site segregation is important when maintaining health and safety in the workplace. This was illustrated in the recent case of a worker dying after being struck by a reversing telehandler at a waste collection and recycling company.

After an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive, it was found that the company had failed to adequately address the management of large vehicle movements on its site and had not carried out an on-site health and safety inspection.

Specifically, the company has not undertaken adequate pedestrian segregation measures to ensure a safe working environment where pedestrians walked routinely.

Health and Safety Executive inspector Russell Beckett said: “Reversing of large vehicles near to pedestrians was commonplace. This was a dangerous mix which led to this tragic incident involving a much-loved husband, father and grandfather losing his life.”

They were subsequently fined £500,000. The director of the company pleaded guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act and was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment, suspended for two years, and ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid community service.

The need for adequate segregation

Here at Westgate, we’ve spoken about the need for adequate segregation of pedestrian walkways on sites that are undergoing construction or disruptive works. However, it’s clear that for environments where there is a constant mix of pedestrian workers and industrial vehicles, it’s just as important to have clear and consistent segregation of areas to ensure health and safety.

Westgate has been designing, supplying and installing internal site hoarding and partitioning solutions for over 15 years. Our internal site hoarding gives you the perfect solution to help you separate aspects of your business and are a great way to keep your business running smoothly whilst you have ongoing fit out work.

Contact us to find out how we can provide the perfect solution for your next project salesteam@westgateuk.co.uk / +44 (0) 1785 242 181

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