News Construction Firm Fined £40k After Worker Crushed Excavator School Demolition Site

Construction company Complete Demolition Ltd has been fined £40,000 after a worker suffered crush injuries while working on a school demolition site in Ellesmere Port.

The firm was clearing the site at Stanney Lane to make way for a new leisure centre when the 45-year-old father of four was hit and then run over by an excavator.

The driver of a Complete Demolition Ltd skip wagon was attempting to reverse the skip into an area that was already occupied by a 40 tonne excavator but was manoeuvring out of the way.

However, the worker was standing in the same area as the skip wagon and excavator and as the excavator moved it hit the worker knocking him to the ground where its tracks ran over his left foot.

Complete Demolition Ltd was prosecuted by The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for the incident which took place on November 27, 2013 after an investigation found arrangements ensuring pedestrians and vehicles were separated were inadequate. There was insufficient control of workers on the site.

Liverpool Crown Court heard how the employee, who is still in pain and is unable to work, has been severely affected by his injuries and has undergone several operations to rebuild his foot.

Complete Demolition Ltd of Stafford House, Westbury Industrial Estate, Hyde pleaded guilty to breaches of Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and Regulation 13(2) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007.

As well as the £40,000 they were also ordered to pay £7,246.95 costs.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Deborah Walker said: “This was an entirely foreseeable incident which could have been avoided. The company failed to properly plan for the duration of the works putting pedestrians at risk.”

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