Teenager was not inducted into work on day of death, court hears – The Voice

A young ground worker who died in an accident at a new housing estate was not inducted for the work he was doing that day, a jury heard.

Josh Disdel, 18, of Holbeach, was working in a manhole at the White Bridges site near St Thomas Drive, Boston, when he was hit by a van driven by a co-worker on Friday morning July 13, 2018.

The teenager, who had only a few weeks of labour, was taken to Boston Pilgrim Hospital but died later the same day after being transferred to Queen’s Medical Center in Nottingham.

The Health and Safety Executive has since taken legal action.

A Lincoln Crown Court jury heard Lincolnshire Police initially began investigating the accident as a road traffic collision on the day of the crash.

A joint investigation was launched, but was later handed over to the health and safety manager after the matter was brought to their attention.

Lead Health and Safety Investigator Mark Welsh led the investigation for the Health and Safety Investigation after the incident was reported to them.

Testifying in Lincoln Crown Court, Mr Welsh confirmed that no induction had been carried out for the work carried out by Mr Disdel on the day of his accident, and that no written checklist had been completed.

The jury heard that Mr Disdel had received an induction at another site run by White Bridges main contractor, D.Brown (Building Contractors) Ltd) six weeks earlier on June 5, 2018.

Two people and a company are on trial at Lincoln Crown Court, charged with occupational health and safety violations.

A second company admitted breaching health and safety.

P&R Plant Hire (Lincolnshire) Ltd, which employed Mr Disdel and were core contractors on the development project, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to failing to ensure the occupational health and safety of the one of his employees.

Brent Woods, who was construction manager for P&R Plant Hire (Lincolnshire) Ltd, denies a single charge of failing to take reasonable precautions to ensure the health and safety of Josh Disdel.

D. Brown (Building Contractors) Ltd, who were the main contractors for the development project, denies failing to ensure the health and safety of anyone other than an employee.

Darrell Tripp, who was site manager for D. Brown on the White Bridges project, also denies failing to take reasonable precautions to ensure the health and safety of others.

Craig Hassall QC, prosecuting for the Health and Safety Executive, told the jury Mr Disdel was picked up by a colleague and taken to White Bridges where they were tasked with lifting the manhole covers on the new estate to clean the drains.

The jury heard that work on three manholes had been completed and Mr Disdel was lying with his body half way down a fourth manhole when their van was moved so another vehicle could use the road.

Mr Disdel, who was still working in the manhole, was trapped in the collision, Mr Hasall told the jury.

The prosecution alleged that the procedures put in place by all the companies had been abandoned by the time Mr Disdel carried out the work.

“The abandonment of these procedures cost the life of Josh Disdel”, alleged Mr. Hassall.

The trial continues.

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