A tree specialist company based in Essex has been fined £3,000 with costs of £1,500 by Basildon Magistrates’ Court after pleading guilty to breaching Regulation 9(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) told the court that a 19 year old employee overturned a dumper truck and suffered significant injuries including a broken back.
The court heard that the worker did not have a driving licence, was not wearing a safety belt and had only a few minutes training in using a dumper truck.
An air ambulance was needed to take the injured employee to hospital. His injuries are life changing and he is unable to walk.
After the case was heard, Keith Waller from the HSE said:
“This was entirely an avoidable incident. The defendant failed to take reasonably practicable measures because they allowed their employee to operate a dangerous item of plant machinery with only the very minimum of training.”
“It is not acceptable to put drivers into vehicles that they have not previously operated, or without the necessary training by a qualified and competent instructor.”