Laborer crushed and trapped by three tonne road roller

An exhibitions and displays company has been fined for safety breaches after a labourer was crushed by a road roller.

The incident occurred in November 2015 at Quantum Exhibitions & Displays Ltd in Hipperholme.

The 26-year-old injured worker sustained several breaks to his right leg tibia and fibula bones along with burns to his right hand and an open fracture of the index finger on the same hand when the three tonne vibrating road roller he was using slid down a steep incline and pinned him beneath it.

Quantum Exhibitions & Displays Ltd of Brow Mills Industrial estate, Hipperholme pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and was fined £70,000 with £4,139.50 costs by Calderdale Magistrates Court.

After the hearing, HSE inspector Jacqueline Ferguson commented: “There was no vehicle restraint or edge protection system in place to prevent vehicles from approaching the unstable edge of the embankment with the foreseeable risk of the vehicle overturning. This was a serious accident that could have proved fatal.

“Companies should be aware that the HSE will not hesitate to take appropriate action against those that fall below the required standards.”

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