Employee unable to return to work after crushing accident

Life threatening accident in the workplace leaves employee traumatised and unable to return to work.  The Health and Safety Executive investigated a waste management company after one of its employees suffered multiple, life threatening injuries after being crushed between a truck and a skip.

The accident happened when the 29 year old worker was getting a skip ready for collection and the skip loader truck crushed him into the skip, breaking all his ribs and causing back and shoulder injuries. The injuries were life threatening at one stage when he also suffered two punctured lungs as a result of the accident and had to be put into an induced coma for three days.

He spent a total of 17 days in hospital and has received extensive physiotherapy after the accident. The employee has had to live with his parents for further monitoring of his recovery and been unable to return to work due to post traumatic stress.

The HSE found that whilst the waste company had strict measures in place to segregate visitors from moving vehicles, they had not extended them to the safety of its workers. The Court accepted the HSE’s findings and told the company to pay nearly £170,000 for failing to have proper safety procedures in place for their employees. They amount consists of a fine of £160,000 and court costs of £9,809 after pleading guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. 1974 Act and a breach of Regulation 17(1) of the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992.

An HSE Inspector commented:

“The consequences of this were devastating for a young man, who will now have to cope with life-changing injuries for the rest of his life.

“The risks to pedestrians when they are near operating work vehicles are very serious, but also well-known within industry. There is no excuse, therefore, for companies to disregard vital elements of workplace safety.”

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