A waste firm has been fined after a worker was run over by a digger reversing at a yard in Eastleigh, Hampshire.
A 49-year-old man, Martin Jewell, suffered a double fracture to his shin and broken bones in his feet following the serious work injury at Solent Waste Services Ltd on October 30, 2012.
The firm was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive after a probe established it could have done more to keep the movement of pedestrians and vehicles separate.
Mr Jewell, a skip driver from Gosport, had come back to the site after finishing a job to see if there was anything else he could lend a hand with, Westminster magistrates heard.
The digger reversed into him after he walked to a storage unit and asked a driver to pull out another skip to fill. His legs were crushed after he was knocked to the ground.
Health and safety chiefs found there was nothing in place to ensure vehicles and workers were kept apart – such as designated walkways – and pedestrians regularly walked or stood in areas where vehicles moved.
Health and Safety breach
Solent Waste Services was fined £12,000 over the incident and ordered to pay just under £20,000 in costs after it admitted breaching health and safety at work regulations.
HSE inspector Zahir Agha said: “Incidents of this kind, where vehicles strike workers because movements are not properly controlled, occur all too often in the waste sector and result in a number of deaths and serious injuries every year. Work around moving vehicles has to be properly planned, in line with guidance that is readily available through HSE and others.
“Solent Waste Services could and should have done more and as a result Mr Jewell has been left with debilitating injuries from which he may never fully recover.”
Source: Portsmouth News
Date Published: March 27, 2014
Author: David Brown