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Exeter firm fined after worker injured by reversing telehandler

24-10-2011

A visiting worker suffered severe leg injuries when he was hit by a reversing telehandler vehicle at a waste transfer site near Exeter.

Andrew Grist, of Newton Abbot, suffered a detached calf muscle, a near severed toe and broken bones in his foot and was off work for six months after the incident at Kenbury Wood Waste Management Centre.

Leese's Ltd, the site operator, was fined £4,500 and ordered to pay £818 costs by Exeter magistrates on 18 October, following a prosecution brought by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

The company, of Matford Business Park, Exeter, pleaded guilty to a breach of Regulation 28 (e) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.

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