Waste firm fined after Gosport man’s legs crushed by digger

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A WASTE firm has been fined for serious safety failings after a worker was run over by a digger.

Skip driver Martin Jewell, 49, of Gosport, suffered life-changing injuries including a double fracture to his right shin bone and broken bones in both feet in the incident at Solent Waste Services Ltd.

Now the firm has been fined £12,000 and ordered to pay £19,752 costs after admitting breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London heard Mr Jewell had returned to the firm’s yard in Quay Lane, Gosport, after finishing a job to see if any more work was needed.

He walked to a storage unit and asked a digger driver to pull out another skip to fill before turning to make his way to a nearby office.

As he walked away the digger reversed into him, knocking him over and crushing his legs on October 30 2012.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) which brought the prosecution found there was nothing in place at the yard to ensure vehicles and workers were kept apart, such as designated walkways or zones.

The court was heard pedestrians routinely walked and stood in areas where vehicles were circulating at Solent Waste Services Ltd.

HSE Inspector Zahir Agha, speaking after the hearing, said: ‘Solent Waste Services could and should have done more, and as a result Mr Jewell has been left with debilitating injuries from which he may never fully recover.’