Worker forced to pay compensation for accident with excavator bucket

The driver of an excavator has been prosecuted for safety failings after an unsecured bucket fell from his vehicle and dropped on a fellow worker leaving him badly injured.

Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court heard yesterday that the driver changed his bucket from the cab without checking it was secure by either shaking it, pressing it against the ground or checking it manually.

Instead the driver proceeded to use the bucket for excavation work straight away and the bucket fell off, hitting his colleague who was working below.

The 36-year-old accident victim suffered head injuries, a broken leg, a broken pelvis and a badly bruised arm in the incident on November 24th 2011.

The driver was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for breaching section 7(a) of the Health and Safety Work Act etc.

He pleaded guilty and was fined £500 and ordered to pay £1,746 in costs. He was also ordered to pay a total of £3,500 in work accident compensation to the injured man.

A spokesperson for the HSE said, “[The driver] is an experienced excavator driver, but on this occasion he failed to check the bucket was properly attached before using it. [The accident victim] could have been killed, and has suffered great pain as a result of a moment of carelessnes”

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