A mechanical engineer suffered serious personal injury after being crushed by a bus, at a depot in Essex.
The fifty eight year old employee, who asked not to be named, was working underneath the bus at a depot in Ferry Lane, Rainham and was re-seating an airbag on an open topped London bus.
Westminster Magistrates’ Court was told that the bus was being supported by wooden blocks and column vehicle lifts to allow the mechanic to work underneath, but one of the blocks broke and the axle of the bus fell onto him.
The mechanical engineer was hospitalised for two weeks following the work accident, suffering with a broken pelvis and several broken ribs. His injuries were so severe that he could not return to work for a period of six months.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) discovered that risk assessment at the depot had not been reviewed properly and had excluded site engineers from the assessment procedure.
The Original London Sightseeing Tour Limited, whose registered office is in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, was fined £10,500 and ordered to pay court costs totalling £10,000 after admitting a breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act.
Speaking after the court hearing a HSE inspector stated that the accident could easily have been avoided, had the company involved site engineers and carried out an effectual risk assessment.