A Warrington-based demolition firm has been fined a total of £17,000 after one of its workers sustained serious injuries when he was crushed by part of a stand which collapsed on to him at Old Trafford Cricket Ground.
The 33-year-old employee, who asked not to be named, was injured when a two-tonne concrete slab landed on his vehicle’s cab.
Trafford Magistrates Court heard that the company had been hired to demolish a two-tier stand at the stadium. However, the work had not been planned properly and the excavator had been positioned too close to the stand being pulled down.
Excavation and Contracting (UK) of West Quay Road in Warrington, was fined £5,000 and ordered to pay £12,000 in prosecution costs.
Speaking after the hearing, Health and Safety Executive inspector Alan Pojur, said that the driver was lucky not to have been killed.
He added, "His life was put in danger because Excavation and Contracting (UK) didn’t plan the work properly.
"They should have arranged for a high-reach excavator to be used so that the stand could be demolished from a safe distance away. It was only after the incident that this safe method of work was implemented.
"Demolition work has the potential to be extremely dangerous so it is vital firms plan projects properly and provide appropriate supervision to make sure workers stay safe."
By Kirsty Hewitt