Site security guard loses fingers helping dozer driver

Grant Prior 9 months ago
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A groundworks company has been fined after a security guard lost two fingers helping out a plant driver.

An HSE picture of the bulldozer and trailer
An HSE picture of the bulldozer and trailer

Bristol Magistrates’ Court heard how on 17 November 2017 at the site on Ableton Lane in Avonmouth, a plant driver employed by APK Earthmoving Limited requested the assistance of a security guard working for a separate company to remove a trailer from the bulldozer he was driving.

The security guard’s right hand was trapped between a metal post and the bulldozer resulting in the amputation of his middle and ring fingers, and loss of movement in his index finger of his right hand.

An HSE investigation found that APK Earthmoving had failed to conduct its undertaking, the hire of mobile plant and driver services, in such a way that people not in its employment were not exposed to risks to their safety.

APK Earthmoving of Oxfordshire pleaded guilty to safety breaches and was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,297.00.

The injured person said: “I was off work for seven months and I still have a lot of pain in my hand.

“As I am right-handed my injuries have affected my writing, and there are many tasks at work and at home that I need help with.  I tend to keep my hand in my pocket because I’m concerned it will affect people if they see my injuries.”

Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Berenice Ray said: “This injury could have been easily prevented if a safe system of work had been followed, with the bulldozer ignition turned off before anyone was allowed close to remove the trailer.

“Employers should make sure they properly assess risks and apply effective control measures to minimise the risk from their machinery operations.”

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