02 June 2008
Spinal compression injury leads to £60k fine
A spinal compression injury sustained by a worker has resulted in a London bus company being fined £60,000.
The London Central Bus Company, - which, along with London General, operates over 1,300 buses in the capital - was also ordered to pay costs of £15,347 during a hearing at the central criminal courts.
In October 2005, Omar Maouche, a bus chassis cleaner at New Cross Bus Garage in London, fell into a vehicle inspection pit, suffering serious back injuries which have affected his working life since.
He had been attempting to cross the pit using a partial cover as a bridge when the accident occurred.
"On paper, London Central Bus Company had a reasonable system for controlling risks to [its] employees but [it] failed to properly implement it. [It] failed to focus on areas of danger and missed what the judge, in this case, described as 'blindingly obvious risks'," stated Health and Safety Executive inspector Loraine Charles.