A construction company has been ordered to pay £200,000 in a major personal injury settlement after a worker was run over by a nine-tonne dumper truck and critically injured.
Failure to manage transport
JB Leadbitter and Co Ltd, of Grange Court, Abingdon in Oxfordshire was fined £100,000 and ordered to pay full costs of around £100,000 after being found guilty of failure to adequately manage and control workplace transport.
A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation revealed that the company had not established or implemented a viable traffic management plan for the construction site.
This meant there was no segregation between potentially dangerous construction vehicles and people on foot like Mr Windsor.
As such the company was in breach of Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
Mr Windsor had just delivered a mortar silo to the Mount Wise site when the incident happened.
He was wearing high visibility clothing but, due to the lack of segregated pedestrian and traffic areas, he was hit by the dumper truck and critically injured.
The injuries – which included facial fractures, serious injuries to right arm, fractured ribs, a fractured pelvis, right leg fractures and foot injuries as well as severe brain damage – were deemed to be life-changing.
Workplace accident claims
On average, 93 workers are seriously injured every year as a result of vehicle and mobile equipment collisions on construction sites and many more receive more minor injuries.
If you have been injured in an accident like this or any other type of workplace accident at work you may be eligible for a personal injury claim.
Accident Advice Helpline has been helping people win compensation claims for personal injuries received in the workplace for more than a decade.
You can call us at any time on one of our free-phone numbers: 0800 689 0500 for landline calls and 0333 500 0993 for mobiles.
Date Published: September 23, 2014
Author: David Brown