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Yorkshire contractor prosecuted after digger runs over construction worker

26 Mar 10 An East Yorkshire construction company has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after a worker suffered serous injuries when he was run over by a digger.

An East Yorkshire construction company has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after a worker suffered serous injuries when he was run over by a digger.

On Tuesday (24 March), Brothers Bryan Christopher Kendra and Michael Antony Kendra of L & S Kendra & Sons, Meadow Bank, were each fined £9,000 and each ordered to pay £2,500 in costs after both men pleaded guilty to breaching section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

Beverley Magistrates Court heard that on 29 July 2009, on a construction site at Seaton Ross, Bryan Kendra was driving a reversing 360 degree excavator digger, when it struck and drove over bricklayer, Andrew Trezise.

Trezise suffered a broken pelvis and serious leg injuries in the incident.

The HSE investigation found that there were no markings to indicate where the digger was working, to ensure that it was separated from pedestrian movements on site. A reversing assistant had not been deployed to oversee reversing manoeuvres for the digger prior to the incident.

After the hearing HSE Inspector Geoff Clark said: "Andrew Trezise should have been able to carry out his duties on the construction site without being seriously injured.

"L & S Kendra and Sons failed to have proper systems in place at the site to restrict and control the movement of the digger.

"As a result workers on the site were left at serious risk. It is essential that steps are taken to segregate moving machinery, such as diggers, from other people on site".

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