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Construction firm fined following digger accident

A Birmingham-based construction company has been prosecuted following an accident at work in which an employee sustained multiple injuries when he was struck by a digger.

The man had been working as a ground-worker for the company and was preparing the foundations for a supermarket when the accident occurred. The driver of a reversing digger did not notice the man working behind the vehicle and knocked him to the ground, crushing him.

Mansfield Magistrates' Court heard that the worker took the full impact of the seven tonne digger causing him to suffer several injuries including a ruptured bladder and a personal injury to his wrist.

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation showed that the firm had failed to adopt a system which made sure that staff members were segregated from moving vehicles while work was being done.

The company was fined £15,000 and ordered to pay costs of £6,447 for neglecting to protect employees from an accident at work.


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