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A company has been fined for a number of safety failings after a worker suffered serious head injuries as he was crushed by a falling skip.
The unidentified 45-year-old from Annitsford has still not been able to return to work because of how serious his injuries were.
Newcastle Magistrates' Court heard that in December 2010 the man was sorting through waste so it could be emptied - but could not do this as it was frozen solid.
To resolve this issue, a wagon driver moved the skip with the refuse inside to a storage facility where it could thaw.
However, as he moved it indoors, a colleague used a shovel loader to move it upside down, but it fell and crushed the 45-year-old.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive found the shovel loader was not suitable and launched a prosecution against N A Park, which was told to pay £7,000 after pleading guilty to breaching Regulation 4(3) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.
By Francesca Witney
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