Accident at work results in man losing part of his leg


An employee was trapped by his foot when a tipper truck carrying "tar-covered road-rubble" toppled onto its side. The injuries sustained by the workman resulted in the amputation of part of his left leg.

Shrewsbury Crown Court has fined his employer £5,000 and ordered them to pay costs of £7,500 after breaching section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

The principal site contractors, were also prosecuted and found to be in breach of section 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and 3(1)(a) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999. They were fined £25,000 with costs of £10,000 due the court deeming it to have greater responsibility for the site safety.

Your employer has a duty to protect you at all times when you are working and any breach of this duty can have devastating consequences. Sadly in this instance a man lost part of his leg and as such his life will have been dramatically affected.

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