A Hyde-based contractor has been fined £40,000 after pleading guilty to breaching safety laws that led to a worker suffering crushing injuries when he was run over by an excavator during demolition of a school in Ellesmere Port.
Complete Demolition Ltd had been contracted to demolish the school on the site at Stanney Lane to make way for a leisure centre when the incident occurred.
The firm was prosecuted by the Health & Safety Executive after an investigation found arrangements ensuring pedestrians and vehicles were separated were inadequate. There was insufficient control of workers on the site.
The incident occurred on 27 November 2013 while the site was being cleared. 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. A 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.
Liverpool Crown Court heard the 45-year-old father of four has been severely affected by his injuries. He has undergone several operations to rebuild his foot. He is still in constant pain and is unable to work.
Complete Demolition Ltd of Stafford House, Westbury Industrial Estate, Hyde pleaded guilty to breaches of Section 2 (1) of the Health & Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and Regulation 13(2) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007, and was fined £40,000 with £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.”
No one was available at Complete Demolition when contacted first thing on Monday.