21 May 2008
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.
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