Lack of safety signs sees bricklayer injured in digger incident
Two men in charge of a building company from east Yorkshire have been fined after a worker was run over by a digger.
Beverley Magistrates' Court heard that the bricklayer was hit by a reversing 360-degree excavator digger at a site in Seaton Ross in July 2009, sustaining a broken pelvis and serious leg injuries.
Bryan Kendra, who was driving the vehicle, and brother Michael Kendra, both of L&S Kendra & Sons, admitted to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.
As a result of the incident - which occurred due to a lack of safety signs to indicate where the digger was working - the pair were both fined £9,000 and ordered to pay £2,500 in costs.
"L & S Kendra & Sons failed to have proper systems in place at the site to restrict and control the movement of the digger," said Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector Geoff Clark.
"As a result, workers on the site were left at serious risk. It is essential that steps are taken to segregate moving machinery, such as diggers, from other people on site."
Earlier this week, the HSE confirmed that over a quarter of construction sites in Cumbria failed safety assessments when inspectors turned up unannounced recently.
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