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Firm fined after lorry driver gets run over by a reversing digger

  • 09 April 2014
  • By Roger Brown

Solent Waste Services has been fined £12,000 after a skip lorry driver was run over by a reversing digger at its yard.

In a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecution, Westminster Magistrates’ Court was told how Martin Jewell, 49, from Gosport, sustained life-changing injuries, including a double fracture to his right shin bone and broken bones in both feet, in the incident at the site in Eastleigh, Hants, in October 2012.

The court was told how Jewell had returned to the site after completing a job to see if any more work was required.

He walked to a storage unit and asked a digger driver to pull out another skip to fill before turning to make his way to a nearby office. However, as he walked away the digger reversed into him, knocking him over and crushing his legs.

An HSE investigation found more should have been done to segregate the movement of pedestrians and vehicles, and there was nothing in place to ensure vehicles and workers were kept apart, such as designated walkways or zones.

Solent Waste Services was also ordered to pay £19,752 costs after pleading guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.


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