An excavator driver suffered serious crush injuries, when a two tonne slab of concrete fell onto the cab of his vehicle, during demolition work at the Old Trafford cricket ground.
The thirty three year old employee, who has not been named, was working for Warrington firm Excavation and Contracting (UK) Ltd, who had been hired to knock down a two tier stand at the home of the Lancashire County Cricket Club.
Trafford Magistrates’ Court was told that a concrete slab, almost four metres wide fell from the second tier during the demolition and crashed onto the cabin of the excavator.
The driver inside fractured both of his legs, after being crushed by the falling slab; he also suffered extensive cuts and bruises.
An investigation into the incident by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) revealed that due to poor planning of the work involved, the excavator had been positioned far too close to the grandstand, when the demolition work started.
Excavation and Contracting (UK) Ltd, of West Quay Road in Warrington, received a fine of £5,000 after being prosecuted by the HSE.
After the court hearing, a HSE inspector stated that a high-reach excavator should have been used, so that the demolition work could be carried out from a safe distance.