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Serious worker injury leads to prosecution of firm

Serious worker injury leads to prosecution of firm

A serious injury sustained by an employee has led to the prosecution of a North Yorkshire firm, it has been revealed.

In April last year, a bricklayer suffered damage to his lower leg after being hit by an excavator while working.

His employer, Redworth Construction - which specialises in children's day nurseries, residential and nursing care homes, and housing association projects - pleaded guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 in relation to the accident.

During a hearing at Bishop Auckland magistrates court, the firm was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay £2,321 in costs.

A subsequent investigation discovered that there was no segregation between pedestrians and vehicles on site.

"Any incident has serious implications for the individuals concerned and their families and is also a major cost to employers too. Simple precautions could have stopped this incident occurring in the first place and prevented this worker being needlessly injured," stated HM inspector Carol Forster.