Groundworks company fined £10,000 after security guard injured

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A groundworks company has been fined £10,000 after a security guard suffered serious injuries to his hand

Bristol Magistrates’ Court heard how on 17 November 2017 at the site in Avonmouth, a plant driver employed by APK Earthmoving Ltd requested the assistance of a security guard working for a separate company to remove a trailer from a bulldozer whilst the machine was operated by the driver.

The security guard’s right hand was trapped between a metal post and the bulldozer resulting in the amputation of his middle and ring fingers, and loss of movement in his index finger of his right hand.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) discovered that groundworks company APK Earthmoving had failed to conduct its undertaking, the hire of mobile plant and driver services, in such a way that people not in its employment were exposed to risks to their safety.

APK Earthmoving pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3 (1) of The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. The groundworks company has been fined £10,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,297.00.

The injured person said: “I was off work for seven months and I still have a lot of pain in my hand.  As I am right-handed my injuries have affected my writing, and there are many tasks at work and at home that I need help with.  I tend to keep my hand in my pocket because I’m concerned it will affect people if they see my injuries.”

Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Berenice Ray, commented: “This injury could have been easily prevented if a safe system of work had been followed, with the bulldozer ignition turned off before anyone was allowed close to remove the trailer.

“Employers should make sure they properly assess risks and apply effective control measures to minimise the risk from their machinery operations.”

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