Bristol City Council has been heavily fined after a park keeper suffered serious injuries when she was thrown from a tractor as it overturned.
The local authority admitted safety failings following an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident on 30 May 2012 which flagged up a number of serious shortcomings.
It was fined total of £20,000 and ordered to pay £4,700 in costs after pleading guilty to two breaches of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.
Bristol Magistrates’ Court heard how the employee, who wishes to remain anonymous, was performing maintenance work in Netham Park aboard a recently purchased tractor with a trailer attached.
She applied the brakes while descending a slope but the vehicle started to skid, sending her towards a fence. As she turned to avoid a collision it overturned, throwing her from the seat on to the ground.
The 51-year-old broke her pelvis and badly damaged an Achilles tendon in the incident, forcing her to take a year off work. She has since returned to the Council but is now undertaking an office role due to her injuries.
Investigators from the HSE found the tractor was not fitted with a seat belt or any type of restraint and the authority had failed to ensure their employee received adequate training on the use of the tractor.
Tractor trailer injury
“Every year, there are accidents involving transport in the workplace, some of which result in people being injured or even killed,” said HSE inspector Kate Leftly after the hearing.
“People fall from vehicles, are knocked down, run over, or crushed against fixed parts, plant and trailers.”
A tractor trailer injury can lead to serious injury, which is why victims should seek compensation to cover any time off work.
This is something that Accident Advice Helpline can lend a hand with. Its advisers will tell you all you need to know about making a personal injury claim. To discuss your claim with a member of their expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
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