A major bus operator has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), after a teenage apprentice suffered serious injury in an accident at work.
Seventeen year old Ben Burghin was working for the Stagecoach bus company at their garage in Wakefield Road, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, when the air suspension mechanism of a 14 tonne bus failed and trapped the apprentice mechanic, who was working underneath the vehicle.
Mr. Burghin suffered serious personal injury in the accident and required corrective plastic surgery to repair his damaged nose and eye socket.
An investigation into the incident by the HSE revealed that the apprentice had been working on the vehicle with a more experienced colleague but they had failed to move the bus over an inspection pit and decided to work on the vehicle on the garage floor.
The bus operator’s owners Yorkshire Traction Company Ltd of Stockport, Cheshire, was fined £15,000 and ordered to pay court costs totalling £8,473, after admitting two breaches of the Health and Safety at Work Act, following a successful prosecution by the HSE at Barnsley Magistrates’ Court.
Speaking after the court hearing a HSE inspector stated that it was ‘crucial’ that companies accounted for young people’s lack of experience and awareness.