A Midlands firm has been fined £50,000 after an employee suffered life-changing injuries in an incident that could have been prevented.
Newcastle under Lyme Magistrates’ Court heard how a 39-year-old worker at LPD Demolition was crushed by an excavator as it was reversing.
The man’s torso was crushed in the collision on May 3, 2016, he suffered injuries to both his lungs and liver, and incurred multiple fractures to his legs and pelvis.
Consequently, he has been unable to return to work for more than 16 months and still requires assistance to move around his home.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that parent company Sterry Lane Limited, based in Wolverhampton, had failed to implement effective measures to keep pedestrians and vehicles separated while on site.
A preventable incident
The HSE says the work had not been properly planned, and site workers had been exposed to risks while working in areas where machinery operates.
Findings suggest there were no methods of communication between drivers and pedestrians which would have avoided a collision between the two.
Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Katherine Blunt said: “This incident could have easily been prevented had the company implemented the required safety measures to minimise the risk of harm to workers on site.
Sterry Lane Limited of Hickman Avenue, Eastfield, Wolverhampton has been fined £50,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,726.88 after pleading guilty to breaching Regulation 15 (2) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015.
“Sterry Lane’s failings have led to this employee suffering life-changing injuries, an individual’s health should not be made worse by the work they do, all workers have the right to go home healthy,” added Ms Blunt.
Reference: Health and Safety Executive
Date Published: October 13, 2017
Author: Jonathan Brown