Gosport waste company fined – serious crush injuries to man’s legs
A Gosport man suffered serious crush injuries to his legs after a digger knocked him over at his work premises. The company has admitted breaching health and safety regulations and has been fined £12,000.
Following a prosecution brought by the Health and Safety Executive, the court heard that an employee of a waste firm in Gosport had returned to the firm’s yard after finishing a job to see whether or not there was further work that needed to be done. He had asked a digger driver to pull out another skip to be filled but as he turned round to walk away, the digger reversed into him. He was knocked over and received serious crush injuries, including a double fracture to his right shin bone and broken bones in both feet, from which he may not properly recover.
At the hearing brought by the Health and Safety Executive, it was found that there were insufficient safety measures in place and the company could and should have taken steps to segregate the movement of pedestrians and vehicles. The court heard that whilst guidelines were readily available from the HSE, there was nothing in place to ensure vehicles and workers were kept apart, such as designated walkways or zones.
Vicki Wright, specialist Personal Injury Solicitor at Swain & Co comments, “As a result of the company’s failure to properly follow Health and Safety guidelines, a worker has suffered serious and life-changing injuries. These types of accidents occur frequently in areas where vehicles and workers work closely together and it is therefore crucial that every effort is made to ensure employees are able to work safely in this type of environment”.