Manchester Crown Court has fined a Manchester council £15,000 and ordered to pay £3,830 in prosecution costs after pleading guilty to a breach of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reported that a council worker was litter picking in the Princess Parkway area of the city when he was struck by a car and sustained severe injuries. These included broken ribs, lung and liver damage, fractures to the face and eye socket and a broken pelvis.
The HSE’s investigation revealed that the council failed to have any safe systems of work in place and had not carried out any appropriate risk assessments.
Furthermore, employees had not been provided with any information about traffic control and the council failed to highlight to road users when workers were performing duties on or near the road.
After the case was heard, HSE Inspector Emily Osborne said: “A council worker suffered serious injuries that could easily have been prevented had suitable actions to reduce risk been taken.
“Any work requiring people to be close to moving traffic needs to be properly assessed. Workers need to be protected and motorists need to be made aware that there may be people working in the road ahead.
“As a result of the incident and the Improvement Notice, the council has implemented further controls including updating health and safety training, providing more signs and implementing a new monitoring and review process.”
Information on improving safety for workers in or near live traffic can be found athttp://www.hse.gov.uk/roadsafety/.