A man lost his leg in an accident at a nuclear site in Cumbria.
Ken Brown suffered the injury whilst at the Windscale site in Seascale in May last year. He was employed by Johnson Controls Ltd at the time, and was escorting a cherry picker down a one-way road when the incident happened.
Mr Brown was stood close to the front of the cherry picker as he tried to direct it down the road. However, it accidentally ran over his leg and caused him a serious injury.
The injury to the 62 year old’s leg was so severe that hospital staff had to amputate it above the knee.
The accident was later investigated by the Health and Safety Executive. They found that staff for the company had escorted cherry pickers in a similar way a few times a month for over a year. Despite this, no safe system of work or training had been provided to staff.
The only guidance given to staff was that they should wear a high visibility vest when performing the escorting task.
The company was prosecuted for breaking the Health and Safety at Work Act in regards to the accident. A guilty plea at Carlisle Crown Court this week resulted in them being fined £65,000.