30 May 2013
Contractor could face legal action over workplace injury
A contractor could face legal action after an employee had his lower leg amputated following a workplace accident.
Staffordshire Magistrates Court heard how Colin Boon, 55, was in charge of a group of road workers that were sealing a pavement in Stoke when the incident occurred.
A 36-year-old, who wishes to remain anonymous, slipped over as he dismounted a flat-bed lorry, which was positioned next to a slurry mixer.
He put his left leg down in an attempt to steady himself, but it went through an unguarded opening - severely injuring his leg.
The man subsequently had his leg amputated and lost his job because of difficulties with mobility.
Colin Boon pleaded guilty to a breach of Section 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 before being fined £6,700 and ordered to pay £8,000 in costs.
Health and Safety Executive inspector Alastair Choudhury said: "This was an entirely preventable incident and a young man has sustained an injury that will have a huge impact on the rest of his life."
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Posted by Francesca Witney