A ground worker crushed by excavator at a construction site

A construction employee suffered a ruptured bladder after a seven tonne excavator run him over at a construction site in Mansfield.

Michael Tomlinson had been hired by Parkstone Construction Limited and he was working as a sub contractor for the company during the building of a supermarket in Jubilee Way South. Mr Tomlinson was doing the ground work in order to prepare the foundation for the building.

The incident took place on 8th November 2010 as Mr Tomlinson was going on with his work normally. On this fateful day, one of the excavators on the site was reversing and it struck Mr Tomlinson. The driver of the excavator did not notice Mr Tomlinson and he took the full force of the tracks since they did not only knock him to the ground, but also crushed him underneath.  The worker suffered several injuries including a fractured wrist and a ruptured bladder.

The incident was investigated by the HSE and during their investigations, the found out that the firm had not put in place the necessary steps to segregate employees at the site from the moving vehicles on the site. Nick Rigby, the HSE Inspector said that that incident had been entirely avoidable, and Mr Tomlinson may possibly have avoided the painful and severe injuries he suffered if the company had managed the work at the site better.

Parkstone Construction Limited appeared before the Mansfield Magistrates’ Court on October 3th 2012 and pleaded guilty to the charges of breaching s3 (1) of the HSWA 1974.

In their mitigation, the firm said that in had already entered an early plea of guilty before the court. The company also said that it had cooperated with all the investigations on the incident. The company did not have any previous health and safety convictions.

After the hearing was concluded, HSE’s inspector Rigby added that those who were in charge of construction locations should always ensure that vehicles, pedestrians and workers are segregated safely and effectively. He concluded by saying that there was a clear guideline on how this can be achieved so as to ensure these kind of incidents are avoided now and in future.

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