Broken back at work
Oak View Tree Specialists Limited has been fined after a 19 year old employee suffered potentially life-changing injuries due to lack of training.
Broken back – dumper truck over turned
In an investigation led by the Health and Safety Executive, Basildon Magistrates’ Court heard that the unnamed man had received only several minutes training on the equipment when the dumper truck he was operating overturned. Furthermore, the man did not have a driving licence and nor was he wearing a seatbelt.
The man broke his back in the incident. He was airlifted to hospital, where he underwent months of rehabilitation – he may never be able to walk unaided again.
Oak View Tree Specialists fined
Oak View Tree Specialists Limited, of Rayleigh, Essex, failed to supply adequate staff training and was found guilty of breaching the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. The company was fined £3,000 and was ordered to pay costs of £1,500.
HSE Inspector Keith Waller commented:
“It is not acceptable to put drivers into vehicles that they have not previously operated, or without the necessary training by a qualified and competent instructor.”
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Source: Health and Safety Executive