Eastleigh firm Solent Waste Services has been fined £12,000 after worker Martin Jewell had his legs crushed by a digger

Solent Waste Service's depot in Eastleigh

Solent Waste Service's depot in Eastleigh

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A COMPANY has been fined after a worker was crushed by a digger at its depot.

Solent Waste Services (SWS) was fined £12,000 and ordered to pay £19,752 costs after pleading guilty to serious safety failings.

Martin Jewell, 49, had his legs crushed at the company’s yard in Dutton Lane, Eastleigh, sustaining a double fracture to his right shin bone and broken bones in both feet.

Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London heard that the Gosport-based skip driver had returned to the site after completing a job and walked to a storage unit to ask a digger driver to pull out another skip before heading towards a nearby office.

But as he walked away the digger reversed, knocking him over. A subsequent Health and Safety Executive investigation found that there was nothing in place to ensure vehicles and workers were kept apart, such as designated walkways or zones.

The court also heard that pedestrians routinely walked or stood in areas where vehicles were operating, breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

After the hearing, HSE Inspector Zahir Agha said: “Incidents of this kind, where vehicles strike workers because movements are not properly controlled, occur all too often in the waste sector and result in a number of deaths and serious injuries every year.

“Work around moving vehicles has to be properly planned, in line with guidance that is readily available through HSE and others.

“Solent Waste Services could and should have done more, and as a result Mr Jewell has been left with debilitating injuries from which he may never fully recover.”

Maria Spicer, office manager for SWS, reiterated the judge’s statement that the cause of the accident was a mixture of factors.

She added: “The fact that such an experienced and well-trained man as Mr Jewell could be involved in an accident like this demonstrates the importance of everyone taking on the safety message regardless of what job they do, and everybody at the company wishes Mr Jewell a speedy and full recovery.”

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6:49am Thu 3 Apr 14

Paramjit Bahia says...

It may appear to be nice of every body at the culprit firm to wish victim Martin Jewell "a speedy and full recovery" but good wishes alone are not going to pay poor man's bills. Hope the careless establishment will be made to pay the financial compensation that Jowell deserves.

In cases like these membership of some decent trade union is useful for the workers, because the union would be providing expert legal support for its member. And a decent union would have ensured that the work place had health and safety representative, who may have helped in making sure that dangerous work conditions did not exist.

If this work place is fully unionised then obviously somebody may not be good enough to be a union rep.
It may appear to be nice of every body at the culprit firm to wish victim Martin Jewell "a speedy and full recovery" but good wishes alone are not going to pay poor man's bills. Hope the careless establishment will be made to pay the financial compensation that Jowell deserves. In cases like these membership of some decent trade union is useful for the workers, because the union would be providing expert legal support for its member. And a decent union would have ensured that the work place had health and safety representative, who may have helped in making sure that dangerous work conditions did not exist. If this work place is fully unionised then obviously somebody may not be good enough to be a union rep. Paramjit Bahia
  • Score: 1

7:25am Thu 3 Apr 14

hulla baloo says...

Paramjit Bahia wrote:
It may appear to be nice of every body at the culprit firm to wish victim Martin Jewell "a speedy and full recovery" but good wishes alone are not going to pay poor man's bills. Hope the careless establishment will be made to pay the financial compensation that Jowell deserves.

In cases like these membership of some decent trade union is useful for the workers, because the union would be providing expert legal support for its member. And a decent union would have ensured that the work place had health and safety representative, who may have helped in making sure that dangerous work conditions did not exist.

If this work place is fully unionised then obviously somebody may not be good enough to be a union rep.
I agree with what you are saying, but also common sense should prevail and not walk behind vehicles that are operating.
[quote][p][bold]Paramjit Bahia[/bold] wrote: It may appear to be nice of every body at the culprit firm to wish victim Martin Jewell "a speedy and full recovery" but good wishes alone are not going to pay poor man's bills. Hope the careless establishment will be made to pay the financial compensation that Jowell deserves. In cases like these membership of some decent trade union is useful for the workers, because the union would be providing expert legal support for its member. And a decent union would have ensured that the work place had health and safety representative, who may have helped in making sure that dangerous work conditions did not exist. If this work place is fully unionised then obviously somebody may not be good enough to be a union rep.[/p][/quote]I agree with what you are saying, but also common sense should prevail and not walk behind vehicles that are operating. hulla baloo
  • Score: 9

7:42am Thu 3 Apr 14

Zexagon says...

Horse and bolted springs to mind
Horse and bolted springs to mind Zexagon
  • Score: 0

7:44am Thu 3 Apr 14

chimneysweep 1234 says...

There drivers are terrable in there pink skip lorries several run in with them
There drivers are terrable in there pink skip lorries several run in with them chimneysweep 1234
  • Score: -5

7:59am Thu 3 Apr 14

hulla baloo says...

chimneysweep 1234 wrote:
There drivers are terrable in there pink skip lorries several run in with them
What is that in English?
[quote][p][bold]chimneysweep 1234[/bold] wrote: There drivers are terrable in there pink skip lorries several run in with them[/p][/quote]What is that in English? hulla baloo
  • Score: 14

7:59am Thu 3 Apr 14

Brite Spark says...

chimneysweep 1234 wrote:
There drivers are terrable in there pink skip lorries several run in with them
Pardon?
[quote][p][bold]chimneysweep 1234[/bold] wrote: There drivers are terrable in there pink skip lorries several run in with them[/p][/quote]Pardon? Brite Spark
  • Score: 3

8:00am Thu 3 Apr 14

Charlie Bucket says...

chimneysweep 1234 wrote:
There drivers are terrable in there pink skip lorries several run in with them
In Engrish please?
[quote][p][bold]chimneysweep 1234[/bold] wrote: There drivers are terrable in there pink skip lorries several run in with them[/p][/quote]In Engrish please? Charlie Bucket
  • Score: -1

8:56am Thu 3 Apr 14

camerajuan says...

No disrespect to these workers whatsoever but if I asked a driver of a heavy vehicle to PULL SOMETHING OUT for me, I'd stand away from the BACK of it. Is it just me or does this seem like a "Have you been injured at work and not been compensated" advert?
No disrespect to these workers whatsoever but if I asked a driver of a heavy vehicle to PULL SOMETHING OUT for me, I'd stand away from the BACK of it. Is it just me or does this seem like a "Have you been injured at work and not been compensated" advert? camerajuan
  • Score: 3

10:40am Thu 3 Apr 14

Phototoxin says...

No surprise. one time outside my mates flat in Millbrook I saw a digger with the front bucket/loader left in the raised position which is an accident waiting to happen. One popped seal or tube and all that force could land on someone.

Not very likely, but not worth the risk surely?
No surprise. one time outside my mates flat in Millbrook I saw a digger with the front bucket/loader left in the raised position which is an accident waiting to happen. One popped seal or tube and all that force could land on someone. Not very likely, but not worth the risk surely? Phototoxin
  • Score: -1

11:46am Thu 3 Apr 14

ToastyTea says...

Does anybody know where the fire / big smoke is coming from in the city centre at the moment ? I can see lots of block smoke billowing out from somewhere from my office
Does anybody know where the fire / big smoke is coming from in the city centre at the moment ? I can see lots of block smoke billowing out from somewhere from my office ToastyTea
  • Score: -4

12:37pm Thu 3 Apr 14

camerajuan says...

camerajuan wrote:
No disrespect to these workers whatsoever but if I asked a driver of a heavy vehicle to PULL SOMETHING OUT for me, I'd stand away from the BACK of it. Is it just me or does this seem like a "Have you been injured at work and not been compensated" advert?
I challenge anyone to ask a forklift driver to "pull something out", stand behind it and not get hurt.
[quote][p][bold]camerajuan[/bold] wrote: No disrespect to these workers whatsoever but if I asked a driver of a heavy vehicle to PULL SOMETHING OUT for me, I'd stand away from the BACK of it. Is it just me or does this seem like a "Have you been injured at work and not been compensated" advert?[/p][/quote]I challenge anyone to ask a forklift driver to "pull something out", stand behind it and not get hurt. camerajuan
  • Score: 4

2:36pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Charlie Bucket says...

Phototoxin wrote:
No surprise. one time outside my mates flat in Millbrook I saw a digger with the front bucket/loader left in the raised position which is an accident waiting to happen. One popped seal or tube and all that force could land on someone.

Not very likely, but not worth the risk surely?
I too once witnessed a completely different incident that bore no resemblance to this one, which had a completely different outcome, so I feel well-placed to say this came as no surprise.
[quote][p][bold]Phototoxin[/bold] wrote: No surprise. one time outside my mates flat in Millbrook I saw a digger with the front bucket/loader left in the raised position which is an accident waiting to happen. One popped seal or tube and all that force could land on someone. Not very likely, but not worth the risk surely?[/p][/quote]I too once witnessed a completely different incident that bore no resemblance to this one, which had a completely different outcome, so I feel well-placed to say this came as no surprise. Charlie Bucket
  • Score: 6

3:49pm Thu 3 Apr 14

WalkingOnAWire says...

Charlie Bucket wrote:
Phototoxin wrote:
No surprise. one time outside my mates flat in Millbrook I saw a digger with the front bucket/loader left in the raised position which is an accident waiting to happen. One popped seal or tube and all that force could land on someone.

Not very likely, but not worth the risk surely?
I too once witnessed a completely different incident that bore no resemblance to this one, which had a completely different outcome, so I feel well-placed to say this came as no surprise.
It comes as no surprise that you should say that Charlie.
[quote][p][bold]Charlie Bucket[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Phototoxin[/bold] wrote: No surprise. one time outside my mates flat in Millbrook I saw a digger with the front bucket/loader left in the raised position which is an accident waiting to happen. One popped seal or tube and all that force could land on someone. Not very likely, but not worth the risk surely?[/p][/quote]I too once witnessed a completely different incident that bore no resemblance to this one, which had a completely different outcome, so I feel well-placed to say this came as no surprise.[/p][/quote]It comes as no surprise that you should say that Charlie. WalkingOnAWire
  • Score: 2

9:27pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Greener72 says...

Zexagon wrote:
Horse and bolted springs to mind
Really!
[quote][p][bold]Zexagon[/bold] wrote: Horse and bolted springs to mind[/p][/quote]Really! Greener72
  • Score: 0

2:46pm Wed 9 Apr 14

shelagh22 says...

Never had any sort of apology from any one at pink skips. All they have done is ignore and back stab my husband. When you ask a machine to move forward you don't expect it to move backwards and knock you down!! 18 months since the accident and my husband is still having operations on his crushed legs and still unable to walk far or unaided..
Never had any sort of apology from any one at pink skips. All they have done is ignore and back stab my husband. When you ask a machine to move forward you don't expect it to move backwards and knock you down!! 18 months since the accident and my husband is still having operations on his crushed legs and still unable to walk far or unaided.. shelagh22
  • Score: 0

1:23pm Sun 20 Apr 14

Ria1980 says...

shelagh22 wrote:
Never had any sort of apology from any one at pink skips. All they have done is ignore and back stab my husband. When you ask a machine to move forward you don't expect it to move backwards and knock you down!! 18 months since the accident and my husband is still having operations on his crushed legs and still unable to walk far or unaided..
Really, hard to tell the truth I see!
[quote][p][bold]shelagh22[/bold] wrote: Never had any sort of apology from any one at pink skips. All they have done is ignore and back stab my husband. When you ask a machine to move forward you don't expect it to move backwards and knock you down!! 18 months since the accident and my husband is still having operations on his crushed legs and still unable to walk far or unaided..[/p][/quote]Really, hard to tell the truth I see! Ria1980
  • Score: 0

1:25pm Sun 20 Apr 14

shelagh22 says...

It is Maria isn't it!!
It is Maria isn't it!! shelagh22
  • Score: 0

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