Construction firm fined after accident at work

A construction firm has been fined after a worker fell four metres from the cage of a 20-tonne cherry-picker into the path of a moving bus, which pushed him a further 15 metres along the road.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted the firm for serious safety failings which led to Leszek Soltysiak's severe injuries.

Mr Soltysiak was manoeuvring the cherry-picker into position when the operator platform was struck by a double decker bus.

The collision catapulted the driver from the platform and he fell to the ground in front of the still moving bus, suffering serious head, arm, pelvis and leg injuries.

Galliford Try was fined GBP 12,000 and ordered to pay full costs of GBP 16,459.70, after pleading guilty to two serious breaches of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

After the hearing, HSE inspector Paul Hems said: "This worker narrowly escaped death after a series of events which almost seem unbelievable but in fact could have proved fatal."

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