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Tannington Transport fined after fitter hit on head

  • 29 June 2012
  • By Roger Brown

Suffolk haulier Tannington Transport has been fined £6,000 after one of its workers suffered a fractured skull as he tried to recover a 17-tonne abandoned excavator.

In a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecution, Ipswich Magistrates’ Court was told that in September 2011, experienced fitter Paul Collins, 51, was struck on the head by a heavy-duty vehicle jack.

Collins was one of three employees ordered to recover the excavator that had been lying for years in a hedgerow in the village of Chelmondiston, Suffolk.

Most of the machine’s tyres were flat and sunk into the ground, wedging it firmly in place. They decided to raise it using bottle jacks, then place metal sheets under the wheels for easier towing.

During the lifting, one of the jacks popped out under considerable force, hitting Collins on the side of the head. He suffered a fractured skull but made a good recovery and returned to work 10 weeks after the incident.

Tannington Transport, based in Woodbridge and with an O-licence for 35 vehicles, pleaded guilty to a breach of Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and was also ordered to pay £3,291 in costs.


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