A Birmingham building firm has been prosecuted and fined, after an employee was run over by a mechanical digger.
Mansfield Magistrates’ Court was told that ground-worker Michael Tomlinson was working for Parkstone Construction Ltd, on the building of a new supermarket in Mansfield, when he was knocked down by a reversing seven tonne digger.
Mr. Tomlinson suffered serious personal injury, including a ruptured bladder and a fracture to his wrist, after he was crushed under the tracks of the vehicle.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigated the incident and discovered that the reversing digger driver had not noticed that Mr. Tomlinson was working behind him and that the construction company had failed to safely segregate ground-workers from vehicles.
Parkstone Construction Ltd, of Coleshill, in Birmingham, was prosecuted by the HSE and fined £15,000 after admitting a breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act.
A HSE inspector speaking after the court hearing stated that the accident could easily have been avoided had the building site been better managed; he went on to say that it was an absolute necessity that workers and moving vehicles were properly and safely segregated on site.