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Leisure park worker trapped in trench collapse

A worker at a holiday park suffered serious injuries when a trench he was working in collapsed on top of him.

Grzegorz Waluszkowski, 40, was helping to lay a drainage pipe at the park on Lady's Mile Farm, Exeter Road, Dawlish on 23 July 2010, when the wall of the two metre deep trench caved in. He was dug out by others at the scene before the emergency services arrived but had suffered multiple fractures to his skull, jaw and cheekbones.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted the park operators Main Gate Leisure after an investigation into the incident found the company had failed to adequately plan the work or put the necessary safety measures in place.

Main Gate Leisure Limited, of Lady's Mile Farm, Exeter Road, Dawlish, pleaded guilty to a breach of Regulation 31 (1) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007. They were fined £5,000 and ordered to pay £2,198 in costs.


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