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Council fined after litter-picker run over

Manchester City Council has been fined £15,000 after a litter-picker suffered serious injuries when he was hit by a car.  

The 60-year-old man was struck by a car when crossing the city’s Princess Parkway in July 2013.

He sustained four broken ribs, a punctured lung, a cut to the liver, fractured right eye socket, fractures to his face and a broken pelvis. He has not yet been able to return to work. 

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the authority had no safe system of work in place and had not identified being hit by a car as a risk associated with litter work. Staff had not been given any information about controlling or informing traffic. 

The council was fined £15,000 and ordered to pay £3,830 in costs after admitting a breach of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. 

HSE inspector Emily Osborne said: “Any work requiring people to be close to moving traffic needs to be properly assessed. Workers need to be protected and motorists need to be made aware that there may be people working in the road ahead.”

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