Northumbrian Water has been made to pay more than GBP 34,000 after a work injury at its Lound Water treatment works that could have proved fatal.
Robert Ayers, 38, was using a Bobcat skid steer loader, a construction vehicle with a large loading bucket attached, when the incident occurred.
He slipped as he entered the driver’s cab, pressing the control to raise the bucket and becoming trapped between it and the vehicle.
Mr Ayers suffered crushing injuries and spent three days in intensive care as a result of the accident, which would have been prevented if the vehicle’s failsafe device had been working.
Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector Richard Hines said: "Mr Ayers is very lucky to have escaped with his life from this incident because similar incidents with other companies have resulted in employees being crushed to death."
It follows news that the HSE has prosecuted Faulkner Gates Limited after a nine-year-old boy was crushed to death in Dorset.