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Firm fined after worker loses foot

A construction company has been ordered to pay more than £20,000 after a worker had his foot amputated following an accident on an excavation site in Barry.

Clive Morgan’s foot was trapped by metal sheet being driven into the ground, Barry Magistrates’ Court heard. He was installing interlocking metal sheets, known as piles, into the ground to stop the collapse of an excavation for an underground pumping station at Barry Ponds.

Mr Morgan’s foot became trapped between the sheet and a beam while he was standing on a horizontal beam used to guide the pile into position. His left foot was injured so seriously it had to be amputated.

Morgan Est plc, of Kent House 14-17 Market Place, London, pleaded guilty to a charge under Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. It received a £12,000 fine and has been ordered to pay costs of £11,213.

“Since the incident, the company have revised their procedures for installing piles and provided dedicated training for their operatives,” Health and Safety Executive inspector Steve Richardson. “This was too late for Mr Morgan, who remains unable to work and is still undergoing treatment.”

In March 2010, Morgan Est plc pleaded guilty to safety breaches resulting in a man’s arm being torn off at a water treatment plant in Huddersfield in March 2008. The firm was fined £6,000 and ordered to pay costs of £2,163.

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