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Groundworker seriously injured by reversing truck

A Wiltshire engineering firm has been ordered to pay nearly £14,000 after a worker was hit by a tipper truck.

Swindon-based John O’Flynn Developments Ltd was prosecuted after the man, who did not want to be named, was hit from behind by the vehicle as it reversed while delivering aggregates.

The construction worker suffered serious injuries to his left leg, including a severed artery, a severely damaged thigh muscle and a large puncture wound. He was airlifted to hospital and was unable to work for seven weeks.

The Health and Safety Executive found not enough was done to segregate workers from moving vehicles. It said the road, where the worker was using a noisy floor saw, should have been closed to site traffic or vehicle movements should have been closely supervised.

John O’Flynn Developments Ltd, of Bramble Road, Swindon, was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay a further £3,892 in costs.

After the hearing, HSE inspector James Lucas said: “Despite the known risks of allowing vehicles unrestricted access on construction sites, numerous vehicles had to pass through the area where the injured worker and others were positioned in order to make deliveries.

“There were no measures were in place to safely segregate workers from vehicles, and as the worker had his back to the reversing vehicle as he used a noisy floor saw, he did not see or hear it approach.

“John O’Flynn Developments failed to implement basic safety measures and an employee was seriously injured as a result.”

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