Totally Local Company Ltd, a facilities management company, has been fined after an employee sustained severe injuries after being crushed between a ride-on-roller and a vehicle container on Friday 30th November 2018. Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard how his colleague reversed into him as he was attempting to lock up the vehicle container. He suffered a collapsed lung, broken bones and required multiple surgeries.
Health & Safety Executive (HSE) carried out an investigation to find that the company did not have a traffic management plan in place and the traffic routes used were unsuitable. Additionally, the vehicles were not well enough separated from pedestrians, posing a risk to both the general public and employees due to the park remaining open.
The company pleaded guilty to breaching sections 2 & 3 of The Health and Safety at Work Act etc 1974, was fined £200,000 and ordered to pay costs of £8,367.36.
Rebecca Hamer, an HSE inspector stated: “Those in control of work have a responsibility to devise safe methods of working and to provide the necessary information, instruction and training to their workers in the safe system of working.”