Bristol City Council Prosecuted Following Incident Where Worker was Thrown From a Tractor

Bristol City Council Prosecuted Following Incident Where Worker was Thrown From a Tractor

Bristol City Council have received a fine for safety failings after a park keeper was left with serious injuries when she was thrown from a tractor as it overturned.
The 51 year-old employee from Bristol who wants to remain anonymous broke her pelvis and badly damaged an Achilles tendon in the incident which occurred in Netham Park Bristol on 30 May 2012. She stayed off work for a year due to the accident but has since come back to do an office job.
A Health and Safety Executive investigation led to a prosecution on 15th January of Bristol City Council at the city’s Magistrates’ Court.
The court were told that the park keeper was carrying out maintenance work whilst driving the tractor with a trailer attached and had braked as the tractor went down a slope. The tractor skidded and she turned to avoid a fence but it overturned throwing her from the seat.
The HSE investigation discovered that the tractor had not been fitted with a seatbelt or any type of restraint and the Council did not ensure that the employee had received adequate training on using the tractor.
Bristol City Council of City Hall College Green Bristol was fined a total of £20000 and ordered to pay £4700 in costs after admitting two breaches of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.
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