Firm fined £500k after worker has leg amputated following horror tipper truck incident
A building firm has been fined £500,000 after a worker was run over by a tipper truck and had to have his lower leg amputated.
The man was left seriously injured after being struck on a housing development at Burntwood Business Park.
An investigation found a number of tipper trucks were delivering material to the site at the time, and various ground workers were directing the drivers to different areas.
The injured man was walking along a temporary haul road on the site when he was hit.
He suffered several broken bones in both legs and feet as well as severe damage to the blood vessels in his legs. His right leg amputated to the knee a year after the incident in October 2015.
The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) ruled there were insufficient protected walkways across the site and that there was no control over access to the site. It slapped Birmingham-based civil engineering contractor MV Kelly with the huge six-figure fine.
The company, of Tyseley, Birmingham, was also ordered to pay costs of £30,000 after pleading guilty to breaching safety regulations.
HSE inspector Katherine Blunt said after the hearing: “Incidents like this should never be allowed to take place. Construction sites should be organised in a way which prevents pedestrians and vehicles coming into contact with each other.
“This incident resulted in a worker sustaining life-changing injuries and should serve as a reminder to principal contractors of the need to properly organise construction sites to keep workers and members of the public safe.”