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Workers Legs Crushed in Autocentre Accident

A workers legs were crushed after a transit van reversed into the vehicle she was unloading, at an autocentre depot in Birmingham.

Forty five year old Michelle Sloan, from Aston, had parked her van in front of the reception area at the Halfords Autocentre, in Acocks Green, while she unloaded some spare parts.

However as she reached into the back of the vehicle, a reversing transit van collided with her door, forcing it shut and trapping her legs.

The employee suffered serious crush injuries to both of her knees, tearing a tendon in her left knee and severing a tendon in the other, her injuries were so severe that she has not been able to return to work and still struggles to walk.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) brought a prosecution against Halfords Autocentres Limited, after an investigation revealed that the company had failed to safely segregate vehicles from pedestrians at the site.

Halfords Autocentres Limited of Redditch, in Worcestershire, was fined £5,000 at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court, after admitting a breach of the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations.

Following the hearing a HSE inspector stated that the company had failed to carry out an adequate risk assessment and as a result of these failings, a woman has suffered serious and debilitating injuries.

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