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Waste company fined over worker’s multiple injuries

A waste management company has been fined £170,000 for safety failures after an employee suffered life-threatening injuries when he was crushed between a truck and a skip.

The worker was caught between a skip he was preparing for pick up and the loading vehicle in January 2013 at the-then May Gurney household waste recycling centre in Canvey Island.

All his ribs were broken and he suffered injuries to his back, shoulder, leg and skull as well as several cuts and bruises. He was taken to the Royal London Hospital where he suffered two collapsed lungs and was put into an induced coma for three days.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted Kier MG at Chelmsford Crown Court after an investigation found that the company did not have sufficient procedures in place to protect workers from vehicles moving around its site.

The court was told that the company, which acquired May Gurney in July 2013, had strict measures to segregate visitors from vehicles but had not extended them to ensure the safety of its workers.

Kier MG was fined a total of £160,000 and with costs of £9,809.

HSE inspector Edward Crick, said: “The risks to pedestrians when they are near operating work vehicles are very serious, but also well-known within industry. There is no excuse, therefore, for companies to disregard vital elements of workplace safety.”

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