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Two employees injured by reversing digger

13th February 2014 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Ben Alexander

An Enfield plant hire company has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after an unsafe system of work led to two workers being injured by a mini-digger.

The workers were cleaning the digger in question in preparation for it being shipped to Australia. However, it was accidentally put into reverse, and hit an employee.

Other workers tried to release him, however while doing so the vehicle reversed again. It further injured the first employee and hit a second.

The vehicle ended up reversing a third time, narrowly avoiding a worker who was underneath the vehicle. The employee managed to move away in time to not get injured. One of the workers involved broke his leg just below his knee and suffered extensive tissue damage to his foot and ankle.

The HSE found that the employees had devised their own system of work, which the organisation deemed unsafe. Nobody involved had received formal training.

One Call Hire Ltd pleaded guilty to a single breach of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. It was fined £4,000 and ordered to pay £1,036 in costs.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801693134-ADNFCR


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