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    Health and Safety News

    Dumper truck caused life-changing injuries

    By David Brown on September 23, 2014

    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.

    David Windsor, 62, of St George in Bristol, suffered severe brain injury and multiple fractures, due to traffic management failings at a building site in Mount Wise, Devonport, on 7 October 2010.

    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.

    Life-changing injury

    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.

    Source: The Plymouth Herald 

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    Date Published: September 23, 2014

    Author: David Brown

    Category: News

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