A landfill company from Wales has been fined £180,000 and ordered to pay costs of £7,657 after one of its workers had to have both legs amputated after being hit by a vehicle at the company’s premises in Llanidloes.
The worker was walking across the yard at the firm’s Bryn Posteg site when he was hit by a large shovel-loader. He suffered severe injuries and ultimately had to have both of his legs amputated at the mid-thigh level, and was in hospital for 6 months.
When the Health and Safety Executive investigated the incident they found that the company did not have controls in place to protect workers from the high volume of heavy vehicles working in the yard. Shockingly, while they had previously identified the risks of workers being hit with vehicles, they had failed to implement the measures they had identified.
Sundorne Products (Llanidloes) Ltd; a company that is a part of the Potter Group, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 and Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. Speaking after the hearing HSE Inspector Mhairi Duffy said: “It is extremely important to identify how to protect your workers but you must back this up with action. This worker and his family’s lives have been changed forever because Sundorne Products Ltd failed to take action and protect their workers from being run over by vehicles on the site. All businesses that have high volumes of vehicles on their site can learn from this case.”
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