Construction worker dies after being run over in new Boston subdivision

Court News.

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

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

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The Health and Safety Executive has since taken legal action.

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 both Mr Disdel and Mr Stevens, and were sub-contractors on the development project, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to failing to provide health and occupational safety of one of its 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 and Jamie Stevens.

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 ensure the health and safety of anyone other than an employee.

The prosecution alleges that it was Mr Woods who distributed the work to Mr Disdel and Mr Stevens, after Mr Stevens went to Holbeach’s office earlier that morning.

Craig Hassall QC, prosecuting for the Health and Safety Executive, said Mr Stevens was told to pick up Mr Disdel on his way to White Bridges.

Mr Hassall alleged the couple were instructed to lift the new estate’s manhole covers to clear the drains.

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

Mr Stevens was unaware that Mr Disdel was working on that particular manhole and trapped his colleague in the collision, Mr Hassall told the jury.

The Health and Safety Executive alleges that no risk assessment or method statement was ever created for the work undertaken by Mr. Disdel and Mr. Stevens.

They also claim that Mr. Disdel never received any training for work on the road or in a confined environment, and that there was no traffic management or site initiation for Mr. Disdel.

Mr. Hassall said the procedures put in place by all the companies were abandoned by the time Mr. Disdel carried out the work.

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

The trial continues. It should last three weeks.

Alice F. Ponder