A construction company in the Greater Manchester area was fined after an employee was hit by a falling machine part and his leg was amputated.

According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Rochdale-based Hovington Ltd was convicted Thursday of safety violations at a construction site in Rotherham.

HSE Inspector Trisha Elvy said, “This incident could easily have resulted in death and could have been avoided by simply following correct control measures and safe work practices.

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“There should be suitable, defined safe work systems so that people who have to work in the immediate vicinity of excavators can do so safely.”

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According to HSE, Sheffield Magistrates’ Court heard that on February 4, 2019, ground workers, including the injured person, excavated soil while digging a 13-tonne 360 ​​excavator with a hydraulic hammer attached to an automatic quick coupler to install new drainage on the property on Sheffield Road in Ickles, Rotherham.

According to HSE, the hammer has detached itself from the excavator’s quick coupler.

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It crashed, narrowly missed a ground worker and landed on the injured worker’s right foot. He suffered injuries that resulted in an amputation of his right leg below the knee.

An investigation by the HSE revealed that the company did not guarantee a safe working method when working near an excavator, there was no defined separation between people and the plant and no vehicle factory marshal was required.The machine was isolated before pedestrians entered the excavator’s working area.

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The company has also failed to set up a dedicated bucket swap area for changing attachments to minimize the risk of attachments falling on pedestrians, the HSE said.

Hovington Ltd, Chichester Street, Rochdale, pleaded guilty to violating Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work, Etc Act, 1974.

The company was fined £ 34,000 and fined £ 1,935.84 in costs.

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