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Yeovil construction company prosecuted after worker hit by fork lift truck

05-05-2012

A Yeovil construction company has been fined after a subcontracted worker suffered serious injuries when he was struck by a fork lift truck.

Experienced ground worker Paul Daniels, 50, suffered shattered bones and almost lost his foot in the incident on 10 September 2010. His employer CJL Construction Ltd. had been subcontracted by Brookvale Homes SW (Ltd) to install external drainage to a row of newly built terrace properties at Bartlett Elms in Langport, Somerset.

Yeovil Magistrates Court heard on 3 May that Mr Daniels was inspecting the fall of external drain pipes adjacent to a main haul road opposite the site offices.

He was hit in the chest and knocked down by the front right stabiliser of a fork lift truck that drove towards him. The wheel ran over his lower right leg, crushing his bones and partially amputating his foot.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that Brookvale Homes (SW) Ltd. had failed to manage the safe movement of pedestrians and vehicles around the construction site because there were no designated walkways, pavements or restricted vehicle only areas.

Brookvale Homes (SW) Ltd., of Alvington, Yeovil was found guilty of breaching Section Regulation 36 of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 in relation to the incident. The company was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay £7,576.40 in costs.

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