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Firm fined after excavator bucket accident

26th November 2013 | Warning Signs

A labourer at a Newark demolition company was severely injured after the four-tonne bucket from an excavator fell on him.

The worker, James Wilson, was working on a site at the same time as another employee was re-attaching his excavator’s bucket. The bucket fell, and slid down a pile of rubble onto Mr Wilson.

Mr Wilson had started work at the company the same day of the accident. He suffered severe injuries including puncturing a lung and breaking several ribs and his left leg.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the company, Bloom Plant Ltd, had no safe systems of work in place. Mr Wilson had not been trained or informed of the hazards of working on the site, and no appropriate warning signs were displayed.

The firm pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc act 1974. It was fined £40,000 and ordered to pay costs of £27,500.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801664947-ADNFCR


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