Demolition contractor fined £40k after digger runs over worker
Despite several operations to rebuild his foot, a Liverpool construction worker who was run over by a crawler excavator remains unable to return to work.
The 45-year-old father of four remains in constant pain, three and a half years after getting injured on a demolition project.
Complete Demolition Ltd had been contracted to demolish a school on the site at Stanney Lane, Ellesmere Port to make way for a new leisure centre.
On 27th November 2013, while the site was being cleared, the driver of a skip wagon was attempting to reverse into an area that was already occupied by a 40-tonne crawler excavator but was manoeuvring out of the way. As the excavator moved, it hit the worker, knocked him to the ground and crawled over his left foot.
Complete Demolition was in court last week after the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) determined that site management failed to keep pedestrians and vehicles safely separated.
Liverpool Crown Court heard that the victim had undergone several operations to rebuild his foot.
Complete Demolition Ltd of Stafford House, Westbury Industrial Estate, Hyde pleaded guilty to breaches of Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and Regulation 13(2) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007, and was fined £40,000 with £7,246.95 costs.
HSE inspector Deborah Walker said after the hearing: “This was an entirely foreseeable incident which could have been avoided. The company failed to properly plan for the duration of the works putting pedestrians at risk.”
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This article was published on 11 Jul 2016 (last updated on 11 Jul 2016).