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Northamptonshire construction company fined after dumper truck breaks worker's foot

A Northamptonshire construction company has been fined after a six-tonne dumper truck ran over a worker's foot.

Self-employed ground worker Ross Smith, 23, from March in Cambridgeshire, was helping to build a roadway at a construction site on Wolsey Way, Lincoln, on 11 March 2011 when the incident happened.

Mr. Smith saw the front-loaded truck approaching the work area and began to move his machine away, but the court was told the dumper truck driver was concentrating on avoiding other obstacles and collided with Mr. Smith, driving over his foot.

Mr. Smith suffered four broken bones in his right foot.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found Maypine Construction Ltd. had failed to provide a suitable traffic route around the site, failed to manage and monitor construction activity and failed to carry out a suitable risk assessment.

The company, of Enterprise Road, Raunds, Northamptonshire, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 22(1)(a) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007, and Regulation 3(1)(b) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.

On 14 May 2012, the firm was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay £5,749 costs.


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