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Road roller collision leads to £200k fine

14 Sep 20 A facilities management company has been fined £200,000 after an employee was struck by moving construction machinery.

Totally Local Company was carrying out footpath improvement works at Abney Hall Country Park, Stockport when an employee was crushed between a ride-on-roller and a shipping container.

Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard how, on Friday 30th November 2018, an employee of Totally Local Company was seriously injured when the roller, driven by another employee, reversed into him as he was attempting to lock up a vehicle container. He suffered a collapsed lung and various broken bones requiring multiple surgeries.

An investigation by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident found that the company had no traffic management plan in place. The traffic routes used were unsuitable and vehicles were not adequately separated from pedestrians, posing risk to both workers and the general public due to the park remaining open.

Totally Local Company Ltd of Oakhurst Drive, Stockport pleaded guilty to breaching sections 2 & 3 of The Health and Safety at Work Act etc 1974. It was fined £200,000 and ordered to pay costs of £8,367.36.

HSE inspector Rebecca Hamer said after the investigation: “Those in control of work have a responsibility to devise safe methods of working and to provide the necessary information, instruction and training to their workers in the safe system of working.”

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