Worker's leg crushed by refuse collection vehicle

Pendle Borough Council has been fined £40,000 after a worker’s leg was crushed by a refuse collection vehicle (RCV).

Burnley Magistrates’ Court heard how labourer Dominic Allen was struck by the RCV whilst at work in Nelson, Lancashire on 30 October 2015. Allen suffered severe crush injuries which resulted in surgery to remove his lower right leg.

A Health and Safety Executive investigation found the council had neglected to properly identify hazards posed by refuse collection operations and, consequently, had failed to devise safe working methods and provide the necessary information and training.

The council pleaded guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work act and was also told to pay costs of £14,000.

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