A judge has ordered a waste management firm to pay a £160,000 fine after a worker was crushed between a truck and a skip in a work accident.
Chelmsford Crown Court was told how a 29-year-old man, who wishes to remain anonymous, became trapped between a skip loader and the skip he was getting ready to have taken away at the Canvey Island, May Gurney household waste recycling centre on 26 January, 2013.
The Kier MG Ltd employee, also from Canvey Island, was struck when the truck drove between the skip and a fence, the court heard.
He was taken to the Royal London Hospital where he was treated for life-threatening crush injuries. He had two collapsed lungs and was in an induced coma for three of the 17 days at the hospital, the court was told.
All his ribs were broken and he suffered other injuries to his back, shoulder, the top of his left leg and to his skull. He also had several cuts and bruises to his body, the court heard.
The worker needed a great deal of physiotherapy and eight weeks of recuperation at his parents’ house, the court was told.
He has been left with a post-traumatic stress disorder and has not yet been able to go back to work. His partner, children and close family have all been affected by what happened to him, the court heard.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted Kier MG Ltd, based at Tempsford Hall in Sandy, Bedfordshire, for safety failings after an investigation into the incident discovered the waste management firm had failed to put proper measures in place to safeguard employees from moving vehicles.
The company bought the May Gurney site in July 2013 and had arranged a system to keep visitors away from vehicles but the same could not be said for its employees, the HSE told the court.
Kier MG Ltd admitted breaches of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations. As well as the fine, it was ordered to pay £9,809 in prosecution costs.
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Date Published: January 10, 2015
Author: David Brown