Carillion fined Â£185,000 for severely injured worker
A company has been fined £185,000 after a worker was nearly killed by a reversing truck, an incident which may have been prevented with safety signs.
Michael Gresty was severely injured when a Ford Transit truck hit him on a construction site at Kingsway Business Park in Rochdale in November 2008, leading to the prosecution of Carillion JM.
The company pleaded guilty to health and safety offences, leading to the fine and payment of almost £10,000 in costs.
Mr Gresty, 56, was in hospital for four weeks after the incident and broke seven ribs, a shoulder, a foot, lost a kidney and fractured his spine. It is unlikely he will ever return to work.
The court found that there was no one guiding the truck and a pedestrian footway had not been marked out.
Neil Martin, an Health and Safety Executive inspector, said: "His injuries could easily have been prevented if Carillion had followed basic health and safety procedures.
"It would have been simple to mark out a basic pedestrian walkway, using cones and tape, and have someone responsible for guiding reversing vehicles."
An investigation is currently underway into a worker who has been killed on a construction site. Tony Robinson, 36, a sub contractor for Carillion, was killed at Barrow Docks.
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