Man sentenced for causing life-changing accident at work

A demolition worker from the Worksop area who has admitted responsibility for a horrific accident on a building site has been sentenced. 

He will now complete a12 month community order with 250 hours unpaid work and £200 costs.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) brought charges against the worker after one of his colleagues lost his eye and suffered severe injuries when he was hit by a falling excavator bucket. 

Their employer, Bloom Plant Ltd, also admitted failing to ensure the health and safety welfare of all its employees, and will be sentenced at Crown Court. 

The court heard how the accident victim was on his first day  when he was working on January 10th January 2011. 

The HSE confirmed that a Volvo EC360 excavator was being operated by a 30-year-old worker at the time of the accident. 

He was using the machine to break slabs of concrete and feed it in to a crusher, but while operating it, a four tonne ‘bucket’ for carrying rubble came loose and fell on to the work accident victim. 

The worker was scalped and lost his left eye as well as suffering a broken eye socket, cheekbone, jaw, nose, several ribs and his collarbone. 

He also punctured his lung and severed the nerves in his bottom lip. 

He was in a coma for two weeks and had a tracheotomy to help him breathe. 

An investigation carried out by the HSE found that the company lacked training and supervision in the use of the excavator. 

A spokesperson for the driver confirmed that, “He has been traumatised by what has happened.”

“The first thing he did was rush and help [the worker] by moving the bucket off him”

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