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The unnamed 58-year-old suffered serious crush injuries when an excavator weighing some 22 tonnes reversed over him on a building site in Tinshill, Leeds, in June 2008.
At the time of this incident, the man was working on putting up boundary fencing on the premises and, as a result, both his employer Jack Lunn Construction and contractor Fastsource have been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
An investigation conducted by the body established that these companies had failed to provide members of staff with adequate safety information and, due to the severity of his injuries, the man had to undergo numerous operations and use a wheelchair.
HSE inspector Sarah Lee commented: "The danger of collisions between heavy plant and pedestrians on construction sites is well known in the industry and the need for vehicles to reverse should be avoided."
Posted by Emily Swanson
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