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Liverpool demolition site crushing injuries: £40,000 fine

Demolition crush injuries: £40,000 fine

Health and Safety Executive v Complete Demolition Ltd (2016) Liverpool Crown Court, July 8

Complete Demolition Ltd, a construction company, has been fined following an incident in which a worker suffered serious foot injuries.

Significant points of the case

  • In November 2013 the company was contracted to demolish a school in Ellesmere Port.

  • During the clearance of the site, the driver of a skip wagon attempted to reverse into an area which was occupied by a 40 tonne excavator. A worker was standing in the same area. As the excavator moved, it struck the worker. He fell to the ground and the excavator’s tracks ran over his left foot. He suffered serious crush injuries.

  • The HSE investigation found that arrangements ensuring the separation of pedestrians and vehicles were inadequate. There was insufficient control of workers on the site.

The company was fined £40,000 plus £7000 costs for breaches of regulation 13, Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 and section 2, HSW Act.

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