A construction company has been fined £40,000 and ordered to pay £7,246.95 after one of its employees was hit and then run over by an excavator.
The incident took place on November 27th 2013 at a school in Ellesmere Port that was due to be demolished to make way for a new leisure centre. The driver of the skip wagon was trying to reverse the skip into a space that was already occupied by the excavator, which was moving out of the way. A worker was standing in the same place and the excavator hit him, knocking him to the ground and injuring him severely as a result.
Even after several operations, unfortunately this employee could no longer work due to the severity of his injuries. A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that there was insufficient control of employees on the site and that arrangements to make sure that vehicles and pedestrians were kept separate were inadequate.
HSE Inspector Deborah Walker said: "This was an entirely foreseeable incident which could have been avoided. The company failed to properly plan for the duration of the works, putting pedestrians at risk."
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