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    ASSISTANCE FROM THIRD PARTY PROVES COSTLY

    Contractor fined after non-employee loses fingers crushed by dozer

    A groundworks company has been fined after an employee of another company suffered serious hand injuries in November 2017 in Avonmouth.

    Bristol Magistrates heard how a plant driver requested the assistance of a security guard working for the separate company to remove a trailer from a bulldozer whilst the machine was operated by the driver.

    During this work the employees right hand was trapped between a metal post and the bulldozer resulting in the amputation of his middle and ring fingers, and loss of movement in his index finger of his right hand.

    Safe system of not followed

    HSE investigators found that the contractor failed to conduct its undertaking, the hire of mobile plant and driver services, in such a way that people not in its employment were exposed to risks to their safety.

    • APK Earthmoving Limited – of Oxfordshire pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3 (1) of The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. The company has been fined £10,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1297.00.

    Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Berenice Ray said:

    “This injury could have been easily prevented if a safe system of work had been followed, with the bulldozer ignition turned off before anyone was allowed close to remove the trailer.

    Employers should make sure they properly assess risks and apply effective control measures to minimise the risk from their machinery operations.”

     

     

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