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Bristol tractor accident leads to prosecution

17th January 2014 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Ben Alexander

Bristol City Council has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after an avoidable accident involving an overturned tractor caused an employee to suffer injuries.

The victim was a park keeper who was performing maintenance work with a tractor and trailer. She had braked when going down a hill, only to have the vehicle skid and overturn.

The employee suffered damage to her achilles tendon as she was thrown from the tractor. The HSE found that the vehicle was not fitted with any kind of seatbelt or restraint, and the employee had not been trained in its use.

Bristol City Council was prosecuted by the HSE, and pleaded guilty to twice breaching the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. It was fined £20,000 and ordered to pay £4,700 in costs.

Kate Leftly, HSE inspector, said: “This incident was entirely preventable and has caused the worker considerable suffering and distress. Every year, there are accidents involving transport in the workplace, some of which result in people being injured or even killed.”ADNFCR-2754-ID-801683335-ADNFCR


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