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Horticultural Company Fined after Dumper Injures Worker

A horticultural company has been fined after a dumper truck overturned and injured a worker.

Grzegorz Krzyzak was injured in the incident at Parkers Nurseries in October 2011. He and two colleagues were undertaking work to replace a path in a greenhouse. To do this, he was using an articulated dumper truck to remove soil from the area.

He was tipping the truck to empty it of soil when it overbalanced and overturned onto its side. His right leg was trapped underneath the truck, which weighs approximately one tonne. The accident caused him numerous bone fractures to his leg and foot, for which he had to undergo several operations. Despite these procedures, it is not clear if he will regain full use of the leg.

The HSE discovered that the accident happened due to a lack of appropriate training concerning using the truck safely. Despite the fact that the man and his colleagues struggled to read English, the instructions and manual for the truck given to them by the company were written in English.

The HSE brought a prosecution against the company for breaking work equipment regulations in this regard. Last week, they pleaded guilty at Colchester Magistrates, Court and were subsequently given a fine of £5,000.

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