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REVERSING EXCAVATOR CAUSES SERIOUS INJURIES

Building company partners fined after excavator runs over bricklayer

Two brothers trading as L & S Kendra & Sons have been ordered to pay £23k in fines and prosecution costs after a site worker run over by an excavator.

Beverley Magistrates heard that in July 2009 Bryan Kendra was reversing a 360 degree excavator when it struck and drove over the bricklayer.

Failure to separate excavator and pedestrians

The workman suffered a broken pelvis and serious leg injuries in the incident.

HSE found there were “no markings” to indicate where the excavator was working so as to ensure that it was separated from pedestrian movements on site.

A “reversing assistant” had not been deployed to oversee reversing manoeuvres for the excavator prior to the incident.

Proper systems were needed

HSE Inspector Geoff Clark said: “Andrew Trezise should have been able to carry out his duties on the construction site without being seriously injured.

“L & S Kendra and Sons failed to have proper systems in place at the site to restrict and control the movement of the digger.

“As a result workers on the site were left at serious risk. It is essential that steps are taken to segregate moving machinery, such as diggers, from other people on site”.

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