Labourer hurt by three tonne roller

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A court has heard how a 26-year-old labourer  sustained broken bones when he was crushed by a road roller in west Yorkshire.

The worker sustained several breaks to his right leg tibia and fibula bones along with burns to his right hand and an open fracture of the index finger on the same hand when the three tonne vibrating roller he was using slid down a steep incline and pinned him beneath it.

The incident occurred in November 2015 at Quantum Exhibitions & Displays Ltd in Hipperholme.

The firm has been fined £70,000 with £4,139.50 costs by Calderdale Magistrates Court after pleading guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

Speaking after the hearing, Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector Jacqueline Ferguson said, “There was no vehicle restraint or edge protection system in place to prevent vehicles from approaching the unstable edge of the embankment with the foreseeable risk of the vehicle overturning.

“This was a serious accident that could have proved fatal.”