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    EXCAVATOR AND PEDESTRIANS NOT SEPARATED

    Workman run over by reversing excavator on demo site

    Complete Demolition Ltd has been prosecuted after a worker suffered crush injuries when he was run over by an excavator in November 2013.

    The contractor was engaged to demolish a school on the site prior to construction of a new leisure centre.

    HSE investigators found that the arrangements for separating pedestrians and vehicles were inadequate. There was insufficient control of workers on the site.

    The driver of a ‘skip wagon’ was reversing into an area that was occupied by a 40 tonne excavator which was manoeuvring out of the way.

    A workman was standing in the same area as the skip wagon and excavator and as the excavator moved it hit the worker knocking him to the ground where the excavator tracks ran over his foot.

    Liverpool Crown Court heard how the 45-year-old father of four has been severely affected by his injuries. He has undergone several operations to rebuild his foot and is still in constant pain and unable to work.

    Foreseeable incident

    Complete Demolition Ltd of Hyde pleaded guilty to breaches of Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and Regulation 13(2) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007, and was fined £40,000 with £7,246.95 costs.

    Speaking after the hearing HSE Inspector Deborah Walker said:

    “This was an entirely foreseeable incident which could have been avoided. The company failed to properly plan for the duration of the works putting pedestrians at risk.”

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