A demolition driver suffered serious crush injuries when part of a cricket stand collapsed during demolition.
The unnamed 33 year old was working for Excavation and Contracting (UK) Ltd during the accident in April 2011. The firm had undertaken a contract to demolish a two-tiered stand at Old Trafford Cricket Ground in Manchester.
The man was sat in the cab of his excavator vehicle when a four-metre wide slab of concrete – that weighed two tonnes – fell from the upper level of the partly demolished stand. It fell onto the cab of his vehicle and caused him serious injury. Both of the man’s legs suffered multiple fractures in the accident.
The Health and Safety Executive investigated and found that the accident had happened because the work had not been planned safely. The excavator vehicle was too close to the stand whilst it was being demolished. This could have been avoided had the company arranged for a high-reach excavator to be used.
Excavation and Contracting (UK) Ltd were fined £5,000 at Trafford Magistrate’s Court last week for breaking health and safety, and construction regulations in regards to the accident.
A HSE inspector stated that the excavator driver was lucky to have not sustained fatal injuries in the incident.