A construction company based in Somerset has been fined, after a worker was seriously injured following a forklift truck accident.
Fifty year old Paul Daniels was employed by CJL Construction Ltd, who had been sub-contracted by Brookvale Homes SW (Ltd), to work on the external drainage system of newly built terraced houses in Langport.
Yeovil Magistrates Court was told that Mr. Daniels was carrying out inspection work at the site when he was struck by the forklift truck and knocked to the ground; the forklift then ran-over his right leg causing serious crush injuries and almost severing his foot.
Surgeons managed to save the injured workers foot but he has not, as yet been able to return to work, despite further surgery and treatment.
An inspection by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) revealed that the company had failed to safely segregate pedestrians from vehicles at the building site.
Brookvale Homes (SW) Ltd, of Alvington, in Yeovil, was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay court costs totalling £7,576.40 after pleading guilty to a breach of health and safety regulations.
A HSE inspector stated that the accident could easily have been avoided, had the company given more consideration to keeping pedestrians safely segregated from work traffic.