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Crushing fines lead to safety call

SAFETY chiefs warned about the danger of moving vehicles on site this week as Bardon Contracting and Tripod Crest Planing were fined £25,000 each after a worker had his legs crushed by a reversing lorry.

Both firms pleaded guilty to safety breaches at the Central Criminal Court. Bardon employee Stephen Bood was run over while marking a driveline on the road in south London in January 2003 for a Tripod Planing machine to follow.

With his back turned he did not see a lorry from Tripod's haulage subcontractor reversing towards him. The lorry ran over the length of Mr Bood's legs, crushing them severely.

Mr Bood is still recovering from his injuries.

Health and Safety Executive inspector Alec Ferguson said: 'Most of the men on site had worked together before. But, despite both Bardon and Tripod having recognised the risk of injury from reversing vehicles, and taking account of this in their method statements, the visiting lorry driver received no site induction about safe reversing from either company on the site.'