A worker suffered a collapsed lung and broken bones when he was crushed by a falling tractor wheel at a farm in Scotland, a court heard.
His employer, Angus Tyres Ltd, of Hill Place, Arbroath, Angus, was fined £10,000 after admitting it breached the Health and Safety at Work Act.
Knocked to the ground
The court heard that Mr Davidson, of Arbroath, was replacing the wheels on the tractor when the accident happened.
He had managed to stop the falling rear wheel hitting a nearby farm worker but it had knocked him to the ground and fallen on his left side.
Mr Davidson was off work for seven months after being taken to hospital with injuries, these included a broken leg and fractured ribs. He has since been able to return to full duties, the court heard.
The court heard a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation had found that Angus Tyres had not carried out a risk assessment and had no safe system of work in place for changing tractor wheels.
Employees not trained
The HSE said employees had been given no training to enable them to safely carry out the task while the firm had made no enquiries with the customer at the farm to find out who much the tractor wheels weighed. It also found employees had been left to change wheels on their own.
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Source: Evening Telegraph
Date Published: April 18, 2014
Author: David Brown