Dumper truck driver suffers broken leg
A council in Wales has been fined after one of its employees was injured in a dumper truck accident, it emerged on Monday (May 24th).
The man was driving the one-tonne vehicle through a patch of woodland near Moel Gilau Lane in Bettws on September 25th 2008 when it toppled over.
As a result of the accident, the driver sustained a broken leg after it became trapped between the truck and a tree, eventually being airlifted to hospital for an operation.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) revealed that the gradient was too steep for the vehicle and that a suitable risk assessment for the work had not been carried out.
Bridgend County Borough Council pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay £5,623.60 in costs.
"Risks associated with improper use should never be underestimated and this incident could easily have been prevented," said HSE inspector Ceri Beynon.
"Employers have a duty of care to ensure that drivers are suitably trained, risks are properly assessed and that adequate safety measures are in place."
Company managers overseeing work involving dumper trucks should ensure they have safety signs in place where appropriate, according to the HSE.
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