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WORKMAN CRUSHED BY TRACKS OF REVERSING EXCAVATOR

Prosecution follows failure to segregated pedestrians and vehicles on site

Parkstone Construction Ltd has been fined after a workman suffered multiple injuries when he was run over by a seven tonne excavator in Mansfield on 8th November 2010.

Mansfield Magistrates heard (3 October) that Michael Tomlinson, from Birmingham, was working as a groundworker on preparation of foundations for a supermarket.

A reversing excavator struck Mr Tomlinson when the driver failed to notice him behind the vehicle. He took the full impact of the tracks as they knocked him to the ground and crushed him.

HSE investigators found that Parkstone Construction Ltd had failed to ensure that workers were safely segregated from moving vehicles while work was being carried out.

Clear guidance available on safe segregation

Parkstone Construction Ltd of Birmingham, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and was fined £15,000 with costs of £6,447.

After the hearing HSE Inspector Nic Rigby said:

“This incident was entirely preventable, and Mr Tomlinson could have avoided serious and painful injuries had work at the site been better managed.

Those in charge of construction sites must ensure that pedestrians and vehicles are effectively and safely segregated. There is clear guidance on how to achieve this and ensure incidents of this kind can be avoided.”

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