Worker hurt in by­pass ac­ci­dent

‘Con­cerned’ worker hos­pi­talised af­ter im­pact cracks his hard hat

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - FRONT PAGE - BY BEN HENDRY AND KIERAN BEATTIE

A worker on the Aberdeen by­pass was taken to hos­pi­tal with head in­juries af­ter a fall­ing piece of tim­ber cracked his hard hat apart and knocked him un­con­scious.

The lat­est in what has been a string of ac­ci­dents to plague the AWPR project took place just south of the River Dee cross­ing yes­ter­day.

A worker on the Aberdeen by­pass was taken to hos­pi­tal with head in­juries af­ter a fall­ing piece of tim­ber cracked his hard hat apart and knocked him un­con­scious.

The lat­est in what has been a string of ac­ci­dents to plague the AWPR project took place just south of the River Dee cross­ing yes­ter­day af­ter­noon.

It is un­der­stood the man had raised con­cerns about the “un­steady” na­ture of the plank im­me­di­ately be­fore it came crash­ing down on his head.

Wit­nesses said the force of the blow smashed apart his pro­tec­tive hel­met, leav­ing him un­con­scious and with a “deep” lac­er­a­tion.

The man re­gained con­scious­ness at the scene, but was taken to Aberdeen Royal In­fir­mary by am­bu­lance to be checked over.

Trans­port Scot­land last night re­sponded con­trac­tors were prob­ing the cir­cum­stances and would use the find­ings to en­hance site safety.

A spokes­woman said: “The project con­trac­tor, Aberdeen Roads Lim­ited, has con­firmed that an in­ci­dent took place on its site ear­lier to­day re­sult­ing in one of its op­er­a­tives be­ing taken to hos­pi­tal.

“The con­trac­tor is now un­der­tak­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion in to the cause of the in­ci­dent and will im­ple­ment any lessons learned through­out the site.

“Trans­port Scot­land will con­tinue to work with Aberdeen Roads Lim­ited to en­hance the health and safety of the lo­cal com­mu­nity and the work­force.”

But an AWPR source claimed that un­re­al­is­tic dead­lines were put­ting work­ers at an ever-in­creas­ing risk of harm.

He said: “They are ramp­ing up the pres­sure to get it done, it seems to be all about get­ting work fin­ished faster.

“The feel­ing on the site is not one of sur­prise that this has hap­pened.”

The Press and Jour­nal re­vealed ear­lier this year that an av­er­age of one worker a week had been in­jured on the £745mil­lion project.

In March, a worker at the Mill­tim­ber stretch of the site was left with cracked ribs, a liver tear and dis­lo­cated toes af­ter be­ing crushed by a half-tonne pipe.

Less than a fort­night ago, it was an­nounced that health and safety ef­forts were be­ing beefed up, with the con­trac­tors em­ploy­ing ad­di­tional su­per­vi­sors.

Pho­to­graph by Kami Thom­son

PROB­LEMS: The lat­est in­ci­dent to plague the Aberdeen by­pass project saw a worker knocked un­con­scious af­ter he was hit by fall­ing tim­ber.

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