08 January 2008
Council fined after dumper truck causes leg injuries to worker
A council has been fined following an incident in which an employee suffered leg injuries.
The accident occurred in February 2006 when dumper truck driver Simon Nicoll's vehicle overturned and landed on him while he was carrying out landscaping work in Hollywood park, situated to the west of Stockport town centre.
His employers, Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council, were fined £6,000 and ordered to pay £3,343 costs during a hearing at Trafford Magistrates Court after pleading guilty to health and safety breaches.
Commenting on the case, Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector Helen Fuller stated: "Workplace transport is a key concern for HSE, with dumper trucks involved in around a third of all construction transport accidents.
"This accident might have had a tragic outcome and could have been avoided by proper training and risk assessment."
Ms Fuller added that anyone involved with workplace transport should not underestimate the risks of improper equipment use.