Man suffered serious injuries on first day at demolition site
A 46-year-old man, on his first day working for the firm, was at the demolition site when he sustained severe crush injuries.
These occurred when a co-worker was re-attaching a four-tonne bucket to the arm of his excavator and it fell off, slid down some rubble, and landed on the new employee.
The man lost his left eye and part of his scalp in the accident, sustained a broken eye socket, cheekbone, jaw, nose, left collarbone, ribs, and left leg. As well as this, he suffered a punctured lung and severed some nerves on his bottom lip.
He was in a coma for a fortnight, had to have a tracheotomy, and has undergone extensive reconstructive surgery. Sadly, he still has many operations to endure and currently requires constant pain relief drugs.
After an investigation into the work accident was undertaken by the Health and Safety Executive, the organisation stated that there was a lack of supervision on the site and also a lack of training when it came to using an excavator.
Not only was the company fined, but the excavator operator was given a 12-month community order with 250 hours unpaid work.News