Liverpool Crown Court has sentenced a construction company £40,000 with £7,246.95 costs after a 45 year old employee was hit and then run over by an excavator.
An investigation held by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) highlighted that the firm had failed to separate vehicle and pedestrian areas adequately. The HSE told the court that the employee was standing in an area where a skip wagon and an excavator were both manoeuvring.
The worker was struck by the excavator which then ran over his foot. The incident occurred in November 2013 and the employee is still unable to work.
After the case was heard, HSE Inspector Deborah Walker said: “This was an entirely foreseeable incident which could have been avoided. The company failed to properly plan for the duration of the works putting pedestrians at risk.”