Man suffers amputation after collision with truck
A recycling firm from Cheshire has been hit with a five-figure fine after one of its employees was crushed by a truck.
The 46-year-old man was working in a tipping bay in Widnes on September 14th 2009 when he was struck by an 18-tonne articulated shovel loader - an incident which led to his left leg being amputated below the knee.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) revealed that his employer, WSR Recycling, had not made sure that pedestrians and vehicles could move around safely in the bay.
The company pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 17 of the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 at Halton Magistrates' Court and was fined Ã‚Â£10,000 and order to pay Ã‚Â£6,338 in costs.
"This worker has suffered a life-long injury as a result of a tragic incident and was very fortunate not to have been killed," said HSE inspector Chris Goddard.
"It was foreseeable that pedestrians would be working in the same area as trucks, and so measures should have been taken to manage the risks."
Safety sign use is crucial in the waste industry, as workers are ten times more likely to be killed doing their jobs than the average company employee.
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